This is an opinion piece from Eastern Michigan University’s magazine by Lindsay Buhagiar. She takes the stance that if people like Eric Harris and Andrew Osantowski were not bullied they would not have planned or committed acts of violence. While I respect Miss Buhagir’s right to her opinion it’s a load of crap. Yes, bullying is a severe problem in our schools that needs to be corrected. However, I don’t think in either case that bullying was a major factor. Both Harris and Osantowski were racists and anti-Semitic. Both had past criminal histories of break-ins. Most importantly both had parents that that didn’t care enough to get them the help they needed. Now your novel approach to be nice to those that are different than us is fine, but the subjects involved didn’t exactly make it easy for themselves by having beliefs that are shunned by most reasonable people. It’s hard to get attached to “Hug a Nazi” day. What do you think would have happened if a cheerleader or jock or whatever tried being nice to Harris or Osantowski? They would have been met with a nice “fuck you” for their troubles. The alleged bullying was just an excuse. In reality, they’re nothing more than psychopaths.
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