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COLUMBINE, 20 YEARS LATER AND BEYOND MASS SHOOTINGS: MEDIA, MYTHS, AND REALITIES
COLUMBINE, 20 YEARS LATER AND BEYOND
In their newest collaboration, Jaclyn and co-author Glenn W. Muschert will provide a critical retrospective of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings as the 20th anniversary approaches. Columbine was a watershed event that changed the way America views mass shootings, both in and out of schools. In this book, the authors will consider Columbine's impact on public opinion about mass shootings, school security, law enforcement practices, threat assessment, legislation, and more. In addition to considering the changes made in the past 20 years since the shooting, the authors also offer consideration of how the nation continues to move forward as we surpass this milestone anniversary.
MASS SHOOTINGS: MEDIA, MYTHS, AND REALITIES
This award winning book by Jaclyn and co-author h. jaymi elsass provides readers and researchers with a critical examination of mass shootings as told by the media, offering research-based, factual answers to oft-asked questions and investigating common myths about these tragic events. The book also addresses common myths associated with mass shooting events by the media, such as how often and where they occur and the absence of any warning signs and helps readers understand the realities of these events, including their international reach, the potential warning signs, and how evidence associated with the events can provide clues into why they occurred.

Welcome to the website of Jaclyn Schildkraut, national expert on mass shootings research

Jaclyn is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. Her research focuses on school and mass shootings in the United States in regard to crime statistics, media representations, security and prevention, legislative responses, and other important considerations that impact individuals and communities struck by these tragedies. She has published in numerous academic journals, and her research has been cited by the news media locally, nationally, and even internationally.  She prides herself on providing an honest and genuine account of these events and their impacts, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with communities impacted by these events, including working with individuals from Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and others. A former resident of Orlando, which has experienced its own mass shooting (Pulse Nightclub, 2016), Jaclyn is committed to helping change the narrative about these events and encouraging a proactive approach to safety and prevention.

 

Curriculum Vitae

LATEST RESEARCH

Along with several colleagues, Jaclyn conducted research at two universities (one in the Northeast and one in the South) comparing perceptions of college students about concealed carry on campus policies. Articles stemming from the study have been published in Journal of School Violence ("Armed and Academic: Perceptions of College Students on Concealed Carry on Campus Policies") and Security Journal ("A Tale of Two Universities: A Comparison of College Students' Attitudes About Concealed Carry on Campus").

One of Jaclyn's most recent pieces, "Mass Shootings and the Media: Why All Events Are Not Created Equal" was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Crime an Justice. Co-authored with H. Jaymi Elsass and Kimberly Meredith, the article explores differences in mass shooting events and perpetrators that contribute to a disparity in the type and amount of coverage of these events. A number of key findings were uncovered to help us understand the news coverage of these tragedies, which has a broader impact on public perceptions of such events.

Get more information on these and other publications here.

MEDIA APPEARANCES

Jaclyn's research has been featured in a number of national news sources in the aftermath of mass shootings, including the attacks at Santa Fe High School, YouTube HQ, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Route 91 Harvest Festival, Congressional baseball practice, Pulse Nightclub, Umpqua Community College, and others. Some examples include:

In the aftermath of the April 3, 2018 shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, CA, Jaclyn worked with major outlets both in the US and internationally, including CBS News, BBC, The Lily (published by the Washington Post), iHeartRadio Canada, and more. The rarity of female mass shooters was the key topic of discussion in these interview.

With breaking news of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL on February 14, 2018, Jaclyn worked with news outlets around the country and the world discussing issues including the No Notoriety campaign, legislative responses, and systems failures. Her work was highlighted by Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail (Canada), CBC, Vox, and Politifact, among others.

Find out more information about these interviews and other media here.

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