This essay proposes that school shootings, in most cases, relate very closely to terrorist activities. Terror management theory can provide us with a better understanding of school violence by illuminating how campus safety campaigns focusing on reducing optimistic bias could have the potential to increase mortality salience and anxiety in individuals who feel like cultural outcasts.

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Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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