Back in February police in both the U.S. and Canada foiled a mass shooting plot that was to take place on Valentine’s Day at the Halifax Shopping Centre in Nova Scotia. There were three suspects, two male and one female. All three were self-admitted Columbiners.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term a Columbiner is someone who is basically a fanboy, or girl, of the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold. On the internet, they exist mostly on Tumblr but in years past they congregated on LiveJournal and Xanga. I used to refer to them as mutants, like radiation exposed subhumans that dwell in sewers kind of mutants.
I’m not going to name these three Columbiners accused of this plot because that’s what they want most of all. what they perceive as fame but what we call infamy. In this case, I’m surprised that the alleged plotters planned on Valentine’s day for their proposed crime. Usually, the Columbiners aren’t original enough to plan anything that’s not on the anniversary of Columbine. They’re still not original as Valentine’s day is also the day of one of the most infamous crimes in North American history. Speaking of unoriginal, one of the male suspects took his own life while police were advancing on his location, much like his cowardly heroes.
The article I linked to also talks to author and friend of the site Dave Cullen. Mr. Cullen is not very popular with the Columbiners since his book ‘Columbine’ does not paint the killers in the most flattering light. Let’s see what he has to say about them…
“There are people who are just interested in the crime and are typically obsessive about it, but there’s also definitely a fandom,” he said.
“There’s a subset of those who are females. A lot of them are fan-fiction types of things of girls with their imagined sexual exploits with them,” Cullen said.
He’s not kidding folks. Years ago I came across a Columbiner message board where one grown woman legitimately believed she had sex with the ghost of Dylan Klebold and had his ghost babies. I wish I was making that up.
They continue with Mr. Cullen…
Cullen noted that one Columbiner’s intro page on her website expressing admiration for Harris contains an inaccuracy in nearly every line, right down to erroneously claiming the gunman’s favourite film was Natural Born Killers. It wasn’t, according to Cullen.
“Most of what she says in her overview is wrong and just demonstrates a cursory knowledge, as someone who’s obsessed, but not obsessed enough to find out if she’s got it right,” he said. “This is who we’re dealing with here.
Like believing that Columbine was caused by bullying. It wasn’t and there is no evidence to support that.
Being a Columbiner is not a normal thing. It’s not just a phase. In my opinion, it’s more a sign of mental illness and should be treated as such. If your kids are like this get them the help they need immediately before they’re arrested or worse.
UPDATE 11/27/2016: One of the male suspects was sentenced to 10 years in Canadian prison.
UPDATE 4/13/2017: The 25-year-old female suspect has pleaded guilty, and is expected to be sentenced in October.
UPDATE 4/15/2018: The 25-year-old female suspect has been sentenced to a decade in Canadian prison.