Essay on The Columbine Massacre

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During the past decade, America has witnessed a rise in mass murders carried out by youth leaving parents, teachers and school officials scrambling to figure out the motive behind such attacks. The 1999 massacre at Columbine High School was a watershed moment in American history that offered, besides grief and sorrow for lost loved ones, clues as to how to prevent copycat massacres at school campuses in the future. Theories abound in the hopes of explaining why Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 and injured 21 others, yet very few hold true as time progresses and other massacres unfold. Modern-day schools have atmospheres that foster bullying and a divided social class system. The attacks perpetrated by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold …show more content…
The line specifically, “who have chosen not to accept me, who have treated me like I am not worth their time are dead” suggests a sense of detachment from the larger body of students that led to being ridiculed and the subsequent decision to murder those who chose to not accept him. Not being accepted is a common element in any case of bullying; something about Harris and Klebold set them apart from their peers so much that it enabled the jeers and ridicule they were subjected to during their time at Columbine High School which, in turn, led Eric Harris to ultimately seek out revenge. According to Cindy Beltz’s research on the Columbine High School massacre, Harris and Klebold were taunted daily at school:

Here one can see that the boys lived a nightmare as they were humiliated and forced to live through degrading treatment by students who felt they were superior to them.
Yet the notion that bullying may have caused the massacre at Columbine High School is a chilling one, as it lessens the blame of the attack on the perpetrators themselves and further increases it on the students who actually bullied them as well as on the school officials who did nothing to discourage it. Elysa R. Safran writes in the Journal of Emotional Abuse:

Here we can use Safran’s words and apply them to the Columbine massacre and we can see that
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