If Whitman had lived, would you have been in favor of capital punishment or life imprisonment for his crimes?

Module 2 Discussion Assignment

Details Chapter 2

The Case of Charles Whitman

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Watch the video on Charles Whitman before responding to discussion question.

(Charles Whitman – The Killing of America) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h

Discussion Board Guidelines


About the Discussion Board

The discussion board is a virtual classroom where students can answer questions, post discussions, and further delve into course content. This is comparable to a face-to-face classroom environment where students participate in a live discussion. In our virtual classroom, students are required to check the discussion boards frequently and be sure to respond to classmates or instructor as directed.

How to Respond

For every discussion question, a prompt is provided with detailed information and requirements for your response. Additionally, you may be required to respond to one or more of your classmates’ postings. Specific requirements are posted in each discussion prompt.

All posts and responses should contain proper grammar, be free of spelling errors, be substantial, and reflect critical thinking. Posting “I agree”, “I disagree”, “No”, or, “Yes” does not qualify as substantial and will not earn points.

All responses or comments must be original. NO PLAGIARISM. Additionally, avoid the copy/paste function unless using citations. For more information on plagiarism and how to avoid it, review the following guide from Excelsior College: Avoiding Plagiarism (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Netiquette Notes

Communicating online requires careful and concise writing, but should also allow your unique personality to shine through! Though humor is effective and at times relevant in discussion, be sure to avoid sarcasm.

Be supportive, considerate, and constructive when replying to your classmates. Do not use jargon, slang, or inappropriate language. If you disagree with a classmate, please respond in a respectful and tactful manner.

Refrain from using the discussion board as forum for complaints. Any personal issues or concerns can be relayed to me in my private e‐mail.

Other Important Tips

Remember to check the course syllabus for weekly discussion and assignment due dates.

If you require any assistance with writing your responses or comments, please review Writing Resources.


As a child and young man, Charles Whitman was kind, quiet, and known by all as a “good boy” serving as both an altar boy and an Eagle Scout. As a student at the University of Texas, however, he began to experience severe headaches, assaulted his wife, and became involved in numerous fights. He confided to his psychiatrist that he was fighting the urge toward even more extreme violent behavior. He lost the fight. Climbing to the top of the campus observation tower with a high-powered rifle, he shot wildly at his fellow students, ultimately killing 14 people and wounding more than 20 before the police finally killed him. An autopsy on Whitman’s body revealed a large tumor pressing against his amygdala.

1. Recognizing that this area of the brain is known to regulate aggressive behaviors in animals (the research is less clear for humans), should Whitman be held fully responsible for his actions? Why or why not?

2. If Whitman had lived, would you have been in favor of capital punishment or life imprisonment for his crimes?

3. Imagine that scientists were able to identify specific genes linked to serious criminal behavior and it was possible to remove or redesign these genes. Are you in favor of this type of gene manipulation? Why or why not?


Before you begin, remember to review the class Discussion Board Guidelines.

Your original post, in response to the discussion prompt above, should contain a minimum of 125 words, not including restatement of questions or reference sections. Utilize critical thinking, and support your work with additional resources as applicable.

In addition, read and respond to the posts of two of your peers/classmates. Your response must be 100 words, substantive, and expand the discussion.

Finally, any content that is paraphrased, summarized or quoted in your discussion post or response must be must be cited using APA format. For more information on APA format, review the OWL Guide: APA General FormatLinks to an external site.

Chapter PowerPoint attached & guidelines

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