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The OC Transpo Incident. Timeline July 1994 Lebrun is diagnosed as paranoid by his doctor Sometime in 1997 Lebrun takes course to help with speech impediment August 1997 Lebrun punches co-worker. He is moved to another work site and forced to take an anger management course.

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The oc transpo incident

The OC Transpo Incident

  • Timeline

    • July 1994

      • Lebrun is diagnosed as paranoid by his doctor

  • Sometime in 1997

    • Lebrun takes course to help with speech impediment

  • August 1997

    • Lebrun punches co-worker. He is moved to another work site and forced to take an anger management course.


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    The OC Transpo Incident

    • Timeline

      • March 1999

        • Lebrun writes in diary that union officials were following him while he was on vacation

    • April 6, 1999

      • Lebrun kills co-workers and self.


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    The OC Transpo Incident

    • Psychology

      • Question

        • What factors in his personality caused him to commit the crime?

    • Assumption

      • personality is shaped by a combination of biological factors and prior life experiences

  • Explanation

    • It appears that Lebrun was suffering from a mental illness characterized by growing feelings of paranoia and persecution.


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    The OC Transpo Incident

    • Sociology

      • Question

        • What common factors are there in the lives of people who have gone on shooting sprees at their former place of work?

    • Assumption

      • an individual’s acts can only be explained when they are compared with the acts of similar individuals

  • Explanation

    • Like others who have committed similar acts of violence, Lebrun was a loner, had anger management issues, was unpopular with fellow workers, experienced much frustration and poor self-esteem and had access to a weapon.


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    The OC Transpo Incident

    • Anthropology

      • Question

        • What were the values of the cultures in which Lebrun grew up and later worked?

    • Assumption

      • there are factors in the wider Canadian culture and in the particular culture at OC Transpo that influenced the tragic shooting spree.


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    The OC Transpo Incident

    • Anthropology

      • Explanation

        • Canadians are inundated with scenes of violence in sports, the media, etc. The atmosphere at OC Transpo featured considerable hostility, aggressions, and low morale. The prevailing culture was somewhat aggressive and male-oriented. Lebrun endured much harsh criticism and ridicule and fought back with violence.


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    The OC Transpo Incident

    • Which of the approaches to the incident to you believe provides the most convincing explanation?

      • Psychology

      • Sociology

      • Anthropology

  • Be prepared to defend your answer.


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