|I had a friend in high school, who by genetic chance
happened to be the biggest kid in the school, and that was at a school
with a winning football team. My friend enjoyed poetry, drama, and
reading. When the coach saw his size, coach said, "Are you going
to be on the football team?" To which my friend replied "No!"
The coach responded, "Do you want me to tell everybody that you're
So years later when I heard that some boys went berserk and shot
up a school and killed a few students and a coach my first thought
was, "I wonder if that was the coach who encouraged the kids
to pick on those boys?" I hadn't yet heard any more of the
story. That was just the scenario that seemed the most obvious.
So How do my recollections compare with the actual event? This
question can be summed up in three quotes from those who were there.
"I have asked the students on occasion, 'The things you've read
in the paper - is that happening? Am I just naïve?' And they've
said, 'Mr. DeAngelis, we don't see it.'"
|E. Todd (Columbine Defensive lineman)
"Columbine is a clean good place except for those rejects. Most
kids didn't want them here. They were into witchcraft. They were into
voodoo dolls. Sure we teased them. But what do
you expect with kids who come to school with weird hairdos
and horns on their hats? It's not just jocks; the whole school's
disgusted with them. They're a bunch of homos, grabbing each
others private parts. If you want to get rid of someone, usually
you tease 'em. So the whole school would call
them homos, and when they did something sick, we'd tell them, 'You're
sick and that's wrong.''
|Dylan Klebold (the one shooter)
"I'm going to kill you all. You've been giving us s*** for years."
It only takes three quotes to sum up Columbine. An adult to acknowledge
that he chose not to see. A student to demonstrate that intolerance
and aggression were the modus
operandi of their culture, -everybody just assumed it was
supposed to be that way. And one hurt student to proclaim he wasn't
going to take it any more.
|Time Magazine December
20, 1999 p50-51