The 5 Whys. If you know anything about Toyota's book on production you know the 5 Whys.
If not, when something goes wrong the idea is to ask 5 "why" questions to find the root. For example:
- Why did the young man kill seventeen?
- Because he chose to...
- Why did he choose to kill others?
- Because he was angry and wanted revenge (perhaps)...
- Why was he angry?
- Because of how his life unfolded...
- Why was his life so tough?
- Because he was adopted and his adopted mother recently died (biological parents did not raise him)...
- Why was he adopted?
- There could be any number of reasons, but the bottom line is a broken home.
The answer to the final "why" is really much more of a prevalent issue which our nation MUST confront. But, in the meantime there are certainly other contributing factors. Some require more scrutiny than others, perhaps.
Could it be the reason why so many opportunities for intervention were missed with this kid, remember he is a kid, is because school board policies and local law enforcement agreements all but guaranteed it?
If so, why?