This is publicly released information from the police department.
When we communicate we reveal four things about ourselves:
1. Our Background
4. Dominant Personality Traits
Here is a short hand written note of a threat.
Statement Analysis not only can access the threat level, but also give insight into the author's priorities and personality.
This is often seen in the many "fake hate" posts of deception you may find here at the Statement Analysis Blog.
We note several things about this threat:
1. Where did the subject begin the statement? (priority)
2. What is the threat?
3. What is the linguistic commitment to the threat?
4. Linguistic Disposition to those under threat.
We measure the strength of the commitment.
"I will" is crossed out and re-started. This author has a need to be heard (frustration, likely being reduced to status of "no consequence" to others).
"I will bring a GUN" linguistically commits strongly with the pronoun "I" and without any qualifications (negotiation) added.
The emphasis of the capitalization is noted that this writer (most often male) has a need to be heard and believed. Generally, this is considered a weakness because we discern it within the language.
Here, the weakness is not in the wording chosen.
Unless interrupted, this subject (author) intends to do what is stated.
Note that the writer has a need to be heard and believed but is firmly committed to this action.
Should the author experience humiliation of some form, it is likely he/she will carry this out.
this is the actual wording (not sarcasm, nor interpretive positions) towards the potential victims. The author wrote:
"ugly ass kids" and "teachers bitch"
This is a "negative linguistic disposition."
Recall the fake hate letters where the "KKK" is polite? This is what a negative linguistic disposition sounds like.
We often find passive aggressive insults from female authors more than male, and are often low threat assessments.
"Be Prepared Bitches!" is a "positive linguistic disposition" in spite of the word "Bitches" because the language chosen has forewarned the recipients.
This is an indicator that the author may be female, rather than male (more females show human empathy than males in anonymous threats) and is a "pause" towards carrying out the next step of the threat.
What is the threat?
The threat is to bring a gun to school. This is something the author is committed to.
The author tells us "why" but it is not a threat to shoot others.
The author has very likely been hurt by a fellow student's contact with a teacher, with feelings of betrayal.
The author is strongly committed to bringing a gun to school, but to use it is something different.
Once at school, if she were to experience something very humiliating, she could open fire.
She is seeking attention, desperately, and it is likely that without intervention, she would bring a weapon to school.
The threat is not to shoot, but to obtain attention by her commitment of being seen with lethal force. This indicates that the author has been deeply frightened and humiliated.
The threat to bring a gun to school is high.
The threat to shooting is not, but the assessment is:
1. at the time of the writing/delivery
2. without possible trigger (humiliation) that she could experience while with a gun.
The author is conflicted and she is not sociopathic. She has human empathy and is seeking attention. It could escalate.
She lives in a day where she grows up with Hollywood and music entertainment's message: if you are insulted, violence is the remedy. We also see, culturally, an acceptance of violence among females, including for "entertainment" purposes. In some music cultures, sexual activity and violence is routinely linked.
11 year old girl arrested for putting this note under the principal's door. Recall she added "teacher's bitch" (singular). The news reported that she claimed in a written confession that she was made to put the note under the door by another girl, who said she would get her friend to fight her if she didn't.
She reliably reported what she intended to do: bring a gun to school.
Guns are readily available to illegally obtain if one can get money. If she was able to obtain a gun, she intended to bring it to school.
That she showed empathy enough to warn the recipients indicates that she did not intend to use it. With good family support, she could respond positively to professional intervention.
The danger is in someone possessing. Should it be loaded, the unpredictable possibility of a humiliation trigger, such as a physical fight between girls, could thus cause her to use it.
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