"A Complex Set of Factors": Military Psychologist on the Shooting in a Russian School

An 8th-grade student brought a pump-action rifle to the school.

08/12/2023 - 09:47
Source: Ria News
Source: Ria News

 As a result of the shooting at one of the schools in Bryansk, two students died, and five people were injured, reports Sarbaz.kz citing RBC.

According to the Investigative Committee, an 8th-grade student opened fire at School No. 5 in Bryansk. It is reported that the girl came to school with a pump-action rifle, entered the classroom, and opened fire on classmates during a biology class.

It is known that the attacker fired from a "Bekas-3" rifle that she brought in a tube. The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that the 14-year-old schoolgirl attacker took her own life.

According to one version, the incident occurred due to a conflict with classmates. According to an RBC source, investigators are trying to reconstruct the sequence of events: questioning security, staff, and classmates.

According to military psychologist Major Roman Kulikov, such actions are not impulsive. All of this, like a snowball, accumulates and with the slightest trigger, a "point of no return" is crossed.

"Such tragic consequences are always the result of a complex set of factors. But in the end, there will be a triggering factor that sets off the chain of tragic events. Perhaps a long-lasting depression influenced the decision to act this way, or the child was left alone with their problems at some point. It is also crucial to consider the situation of school bullying that educators either did not notice or did not want to address. This whole set of problems led to such tragic consequences," the psychologist told Sarbaz.kz.

The specialist particularly emphasizes the impact of the overall information background, full of negative and depressive news. Occasionally, such events, which become loud media topics, occur in different countries and prompt some individuals to romanticize such things.

The psychologist considers the problem of uncontrolled information flow increasingly relevant. For example, he refers to the controversial series "Word of a Lad," which revived long-forgotten 90s criminal romanticism.

Roman Kulikov does not focus on the gender of the assailant. According to him, anyone's psyche is susceptible to changes, especially under pressure.

To prevent such tragic outcomes, the specialist advises paying attention to the behavior of loved ones and colleagues and showing empathy toward their problems. It's essential to convey to the person that they are not alone with their problems and that they matter to you.

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