This research examines the event and effects of the 2012 high school shooting in Chardon, Ohio. Besides from the media, very little information was published concerning this event, and it is not talked about today.
This being said, our goal is to write a book to provide the public more insight into events such as these, give the victims a voice, and determine factors that can allow our generation to stop these heinous acts.
The goal of our research is to determine an explanation for this event, as well as gain insight about the survivors, including discussions about their families’ and friends’ struggles. The focus of this book is mainly on qualitative methods, including interviews, our own research interactions and our field observations, and textual analysis. Interviews will be conducted with a variety of people; including, but not limited to: surviving victims; families of both the deceased and living victims; eyewitnesses; those directly involved in the case, including defense attorneys and prosecutor; among others. This book also contains our own personal empirical accounts of these experiences, creating a more journalistic-style. However, it does also include some statistical and data analysis based on secondary data.
With all of the continued gun violence today, we feel this is an especially important topic to present about. We hope this presentation will help provide some relief for those affected by the crime, as well as to provide direct emotional and research insight to help the public to understand these events and their implications.
Dr. Anthony Vander Horst
Our presentation focuses on a book we are in the process of writing concerning a high school shooting in Ohio in 2012. This book combines both qualitative and quantitative research methods in order to evaluate both this instance and others of school shootings. While many books similar to this focus on the perpetrator, we instead choose to focus on those directly affected by the crime - including friends, family members, and survivors - by providing their voices and giving the public a glimpse into their world. Additionally, we focus on data analysis, and looking at possible causes and solutions to school violence.