Aggression and antisocial behavior

On April 20, 1999, the name “Columbine” suddenly become well-known because two high-school students Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris committed an  assault on their peers. With guns, knives, and a multitude of bombs, the two boys wore trench coats, walked into the school, and killed twelve students, one teacher before they shot themselves. Another shocking news told us about a group of 3rd grade students in Waycross, Georgia set up a plan to kill their teacher. At a nice and quiet city, a lonely student, who had some arguments with his girl friend, appeared at his school and killed some students before he was shot. Far away from that place, a father shot his wife and his two children after arguing loudly with his wife. Recently, a teenager was arrested due to his plot to kill his peers was discovered before it could be processed.

It is hard to conclude all stories about aggression and antisocial behavior that cause many tragedies nowadays. People, especially teenagers, sometimes show their antisocial behavior through their interactions with their peers or their parents. According to Fiske, “aggression is behavior that’s proximate intent is harm to another person.” (Fiske, 2004, p. 376). Fiske also divided aggression into two kinds: physical and verbal aggression. Both have correlation with each other. On the website “”, the author stated that, besides school shootings, ragging, bullying, fighting, suicide bombing, rape, “aggression can manifest through arson, destruction of property, and any kind of vandalism. Other expressions of aggression include cruelty to animals and uncontrollable outbursts of anger or tantrums at home.”

Aggression, Fiske stated, “can develop via modeling (imitating the behavior of another person) and via vicarious conditioning or observation learning (watching someone else get rewarded or punished” (Fiske, 2004, p. 376). On the same website “”, the author confirmed that violence was a learned behavior. The aggressors learned to be aggressive because they were abused by somebody already or, they may be affected by the violence in media and games. Some teenagers who were punished, beaten, tortured when they were young, tend to show aggression when they get older. They want to revenge everyone around them. Another cause of aggression is the violent media that gives the most extraordinary violent impressions in people’s minds. According to Bandura, Ross & Ross in Fiske’s text, “aggression clearly can be acquired by imitating aggressive models, whether real people, filmed people, or cartoon characters” (Fiske, 2004, p. 377). Aggression and antisocial behavior are harmful behaviors that need to study well to prevent the world from tragedies such as Columbine massacre to happen again.