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Guide to Protecting Your Child from Violent Kids: Part VI

Imminent Warning Signs of Kids Who Kill

  • Recent stressful event: "Breakup" with presumed or real girlfriend, victimization (persecution) by peer group, conflict with parent, school personnel or authority figure.

  • Excessive feelings of isolation and being alone: if associated with behavior that is aggressive or violent, take note.

  • Dramatic drop in grades: or attendance.

  • Considered "weird" or dangerous by peers.

  • Detailed threats of lethal violence, verbal, in writings and/or drawings.

  • Preoccupied with weapons, explosives or other incendiary devices.

  • Severe Rage, "out of control," for seemingly minor reasons.

  • Overt self-injurious behaviors or threats of suicide.

  • Cruelty to animals and smaller children.

  • Fascination with fire and fire-setting.

Characteristics Common to Violent Kids
  • Loners/social outcasts

  • Physically healthy: not likely to be physically handicapped or disabled.

  • Attend public school, no participation in pro-social groups or "normal" pastimes, socially immature.

  • Members of alienated groups or gangs.

  • Peer/relationships conflicts, including girl problems.

  • Poor parent and sibling relationships, child abuse.

  • Family history of mental illness, personality disorders or substance abuse, but only about 10% of violent kids have severe mental illness. Depression, suicidal tendencies.

  • As infants - colicky, temperamental, delayed milestones, history of bed-wetting. Problems with attachment and bonding.

  • Display chronic anger, anger and power struggles within the family.

  • Distrustful and secretive with adults in authority.

  • Negative self-image and/or unstable self-esteem.

  • Inappropriate access to, possession of, and use of firearms.

  • Violent fantasies, strong attraction to real and fictional violence in media, movies, video games and music.

  • Premeditation/planning/surveillance of targets.

  • Victims of bullying since preschool.

  • Multiple psychological stresses imagined or real, including rejection, discipline, humiliation.

  • Inability to accept responsibility and blame.

  • Cruelty to animals; fascination with fire/fire-setting.

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