This is a graded discussion: 5 points possible
due Mar 27 at 1:59am
Week 4 - Discussion
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7
(Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your
initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading
Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be
Do Juvenile Delinquency Diversion Programs Work? [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 4, 5]
Prior to starting this discussion, please read Chapters 6 and 7 in your textbook, watch the
Columbine: Understanding Why (https://fod.infobase.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?
and read the Dylan Klebold Diversion
(https://schoolshooters.info/sites/default/files/dylan-klebold-diversion.pdf) and Eric Harris
Diversion (https://schoolshooters.info/sites/default/files/eric-harris-diversion.pdf) juvenile
diversion program papers.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Please elaborate on the following:
• Your textbook covers primary and secondary types of juvenile delinquency diversion
programs. Briefly examine each type and provide an example of each.
• Klebold and Harris had contact with the criminal justice system prior to the Columbine
shooting. Based on your textbook readings on theories of aggression, what, if
anything, did you see in the video and/or read in the diversion papers that may have
provided a clue as to the boys’ later aggressive and violent behavior?
• In your opinion, supported by scholarly and/or credible sources, was there anything
the juvenile justice system missed or could have done better that may have prevented
the Columbine massacre from happening? Keep in mind that there are not always
clear warning signs and not all tragedies are preventable. However, what insight, if
any, was gleaned from the Columbine tragedy about the nature of aggression and
Guided Response: Review several of your peers’ initial posts and, in a minimum of 100
words each, respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Be sure to
provide constructive feedback; ask follow-up questions to your peers regarding their
assessment as to whether Klebold’s and Harris’ violent behavior could have been
predicted. Are your classmates’ responses supported by scholarly, credible evidence or
mere speculation? Gently remind those who speculate that in academic work, opinions
must be supported by credible and/or scholarly evidence. Respond in a substantive
manner with specific examples to extend their thinking. Support your claims with
examples from the required materials and/or other scholarly or credible sources, and
properly cite any references. You are encouraged to post your required replies earlier in
the week to promote more meaningful and interactive discourse in this discussion forum.
Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Day 7, and
respond with robust dialogue to anyone who replies to your initial post.
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