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    Jax
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    I read this article today and feel it’s important for everyone to read.  I only wish we could break through human psychology to change these myths.  So many children have been persecuted for these myths, and schools use these myths as a reason for many policies that don’t do anything to improve safety.  As Jedi, the truth should be what we strive for, even if it doesn’t surface for some time later and goes against everything we thought was true.  The article is found here: http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/04/20/columbine.myths/index.html?eref=rss_us  Here is the beginning of the article.

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    (CNN) — What do you remember about April 20, 1999?

    If you recall that two unpopular teenage boys from the Trench Coat Mafia sought revenge against the jocks by shooting up Columbine High School, you’re wrong.

    But you’re not alone.

    Ten years after the massacre in Littleton, Colorado, there’s still a collective memory of two Goth-obsessed loners, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who went on a shooting rampage and killed 12 of their classmates and a teacher, injured 23 others and then turned their guns on themselves.

    Journalist and author Dave Cullen was one of the first to take on what he calls the myths of Columbine. He kept at it for a decade, challenging what the media and law enforcement officials reported.

    “Kids had never been attacked in this kind of way until Columbine,” he recently told CNN. “I just had to find out what happened to those kids.”

    Cullen’s book,”Columbine,” was released this month — just in time for today’s 10th anniversary of the shooting at the Colorado high school. While tackling popular misconceptions, Cullen also gives a riveting account of what happened that day and how the survivors view the event that marked their lives forever.

    Cullen concluded that the killers weren’t part of the Trench Coat Mafia, that they weren’t bullied by other students and that they didn’t target popular jocks, African-Americans or any other group. A school shooting wasn’t their initial intent, he said. They wanted to bomb their school in an attack they hoped would make them more infamous than Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

    The Columbine tragedy left a lasting mark on many Americans, largely because of the media’s around-the-clock coverage in the days and weeks following the shooting. Columbine was named the top news story of 1999 with nearly 70 percent of Americans saying they “followed [Columbine] very closely,” according to a Pew Research Center study.

    When media coverage faded, reporters and investigators soon learned that some of the initial reports were wrong. Cullen writes about the misperceptions: “Facts rush in, the fog lifts, an accurate picture solidifies. The public accepts this, but the final portrait is the farthest from the truth.”

    *the rest can be found at the website*

    #151005
    Anonymous

    Yes – I also heard the author discuss Columbine and the shooters on National Public Radio.

    It was interesting how wrong it all went.  How frightened many students and teachers in school situations yet are…

    A very sobering look at youth as well – and brings to light some questions about youth and medication, parental responsibility, and more…

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