Columbine Related Suicide

I read an Associated Press article in my local newspaper today about another Columbine student who had committed suicide recently. Let me preface this by saying again that my condolences go out to this child’s family and to all families affected by this tragedy.

But again I have to call the media to task. The boy was a 17-year-old basketball player. I’m sure he’ll be missed by friends and family and again I mean no disrespect. But in the second paragraph of the article, it had to mention that the suicide occurred a year and two weeks after the April 20, 1999 Columbine shooting. I mean is that really necessary? Like anyone will ever forget when that shooting took place. It’s the Pearl Harbor Day of this generation.

Then the article goes on to give the details of the suicide. There was also mention in the article that grief counselors said that the suicide should not automatically be linked to the shooting noting that suicide is one of the leading causes of death among people in their teens and early twenties.

In my opinion, the article should have ended right there. The article then goes on to rehash the shooting, the suicide of the paralyzed student’s mother, and the teen couple who were shot in a fast food place. Again I ask was that necessary? If I find a link to the article I will post it.