Bomb threat locks down Columbine among other schools

Bomb threat locks down Columbine among other schools

I feel sorry for the students of Columbine High School and the families that send them there. While the community has a defiant spirit to not let the tragedy that occurred there define them,  some idiot inevitably pulls a stunt that reminds them.

Early yesterday, someone called in a threat to Columbine High claiming that multiple bombs had been planted in the school and that they were waiting outside the school with a gun.  This resulted in not only Columbine being locked down but over 20 other schools in the district as well. A rather large police response resulted which found no bombs in the school or any suspect with a gun.

Sadly, this is the new normal as the Jefferson County Sheriffs have admitted…

“Unfortunately, we receive many threats like this to Columbine and we respond to each threat appropriately, which is what we’re doing now,” Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Mike Taplin said.

So far I haven’t seen any report of an arrest being made but if I had to hazard a guess I’d say some edgelord cretin from Tumblr, who probably wasn’t even born when Columbine happened, just became a columbiner and thought they would be a badass by calling in a threat to the school where it all started. This probably done between rounds of Fortnite and posting dank memes, as the kids say.

I can’t wait for the arrest to happen so I can hear this pathetic loser cry to his mommy that it was just a joke. I also hope it was done from out of state which will make it a federal crime. Keep that in mind the next time one of you pizza cutters tries something like this.  Why did I call them pizza cutters?

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All edge and no point.

Columbine killer’s mother still tone deaf in son’s murders

Columbine killer’s mother still tone deaf in son's murders

Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine coward Dylan Klebold, recently gave one of her mental health talks again, this time in Dallas.

It’s really nothing I haven’t talked about before, but again she seems to be giving the wrong impression of what her demon spawn did. She continues to talk about Columbine like it was only her son’s suicide and not the mass murder of 13 innocent people.

I still think her continued talks are a continued form of disrespect toward the victim’s families.

Kentucky kids cosplay as Columbine killers

Kentucky kids cosplay as Columbine killers

Two female students were suspended by Adair County High School for three days for coming into school on Halloween dressed as Columbine killers, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold. These columbiners even went as far as to emulate the death poses of their cowardly heroes in the school’s library as shown above.

Whenever something like this pops up I always have to ask where are the parents? Well, the local news articles were happy to oblige this time…

A father of one of the girls said the girls know they made a mistake but the school “blew the whole situation out of proportion.” He also told LEX 18 the girls have received death threats.

While I never support the idea of death threats of any kind, this would not have been my reaction if I had children that did something so amazingly stupid as this. From what I’ve read this was not blown out of proportion at all, as a matter of fact, if the school had any cojones these two girls should have been expelled for creating an unsafe climate within the school. If either of these girls were my daughter I would immediately take her to get the mental healthcare that she so obviously needs and not just blow it off like she egged someone’s house.

Too much parental apathy and the ‘Not My Kid’ syndrome are what lead these anti-social miscreants to become mass murderers.

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Columbine killer’s mother: School shootings are a contagion

Columbine killer's mother: School shootings are a contagion

In the wake of the school shooting at Santa Fe High School, which is a sentence I’m getting tired of writing, Susan Klebold, mother of Columbine coward Dylan Klebold, was interviewed by the New York Times about columbiners due to the similarities between the two shootings. I’ll be addressing the Times article in a future post. However, I would like to address something that she said about the aforementioned similarities and for that, I’ll be using The Hill as my source.

In speaking about the trench coat wearing Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Klebold said…

It was like the shooter was being her son “all over again,” Klebold said.

“I do believe there is a contagion,” she said.

No shit it’s a contagion and your demon spawn was patient zero, Just about every school shooting that has happened since Columbine has been influenced by your son and his psychopathic cohort Eric Harris. From major catastrophes like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Parkland and Santa Fe to more forgotten but still deadly events like Red Lake, NIU, and Dawson College all have your son’s fingerprints all over them.

The sad part is while your son was the contagion you could have been the vaccine that could have prevented all the bloodshed that hs conspired over the past 19 years if you had just not ignored the obvious signs. Instead, you blame Columbine on the mythical bullying, the easy access of guns, which your son obtained illegally, and even more insulting is that you blame your son’s mental illness, which you did nothing to help. You blame everything except your son who helped light the fuse on almost two decades of senseless killings in his and Harris’ name. You’ve even said that you had nothing to apologize for.

Maybe one of these days you’ll stop acting like you and your bad seed were victims and take responsibility for what the two of you have wrought.

With school shootings, nothing ever changes

With school shootings, nothing ever changes.

I’m so very tired.

I’ll eventually get around to writing about the two school shootings that happened last week, but first I need to get a few things off my chest.

While many people have become desensitized to school shootings over the past couple of decades, this past year I’ve become overly sensitive to them. Each time another one happens my anxiety kicks in and that makes me withdraw into my cocoon of frustration. I push my keyboard away knowing that I’m going to write the same damn thing I’ve been writing for the past 18 years. I’m so tired of repeating myself yet it’s the same old bullshit time after time.

After every shooting, people keep blaming the same old things that have nothing to do with the shooting themselves. People blame everything from video games to heavy metal to gun free zones to antidepressants to bullying, or whatever their ideological paranoia tells them it is. In my opinion, they’re all missing the real point.

While Columbine wasn’t the first school shooting, it was the first one that really captured the attention of the public due to the fact that not only were the cable news networks all over it but the internet, as primitive as it was, was in full effect.

Columbine was a perfect storm of failure. The neglect of parents and police oversights allowed 13 innocent people to be ruthlessly murdered on April 20th, 1999. While I realize hindsight is 20/20, I am still of the belief that Columbine should have never happened. However, since it did, Columbine has been the catalyst for every school shooting since. Even shooters who weren’t born when Columbine happened are influenced by the Columbine cowards of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

The majority of these shooters all had journals that were either similar in nature to Harris’ or directly copied from them. They make videos of themselves firing guns or detonating explosives much like the Columbine cowards did. The shooters hang around in internet communities that praise the actions of whoever the latest coward is going all the way back to Columbine and in these communities, they continue to propagate the falsehoods that arose from erroneous reporting at the time of Columbine, like the shooters were bullied, which they weren’t. The shooters almost always display some type of erratic behavior that reveals their fondness for violence. Then after the shooting happens while families bury their dead someone always says ‘The signs were there.’

If there’s anything to blame for school shootings, it starts with Columbine. Every school shooting since then has been a copycat. Another thing to blame would be failures in parenting, whether it was a lack of oversight, wanting to be friends rather than parents, or even supplying the kids with the firepower they needed to commit mass murder. Let’s also not forget the parents who refuse to believe there’s anything wrong with their child. Whether it’s discipline problems or mental health issues, too many parents are too quick to look the other way as if admitting their child had a problem was some kind of bad reflection on the parents. What would the neighbors think?

Until we start disciplining these kids in the right way, getting them the psychiatric help they need, and severely limiting their access to guns, the cycle will just continue.

National school walkout planned for Columbine anniversary

UPDATE: Other groups are proposing a similar walkout but, for March 14th. I’m more comfortable with this date.

National school walkout planned for Columbine anniversary

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, an anonymous Twitter account and a Change.org petition are calling for school students to walk out of class in order to protest the gun violence that continues to plague our nation’s schools. To be honest, I have no problem with this and I’m optimistic to see kids actually trying to do something to try to prevent school violence.

The problem I have is the date they chose. April 20th, 2018, the 19th anniversary of Columbine. I would suggest that whatever entity or organization is trying to coordinate this event pick a different date. Of course, I understand the significance of the date, but what the organizers may not understand is that April 20th is the high (un)holy day for would-be copycat shooters. I’ve lost count of the number of plots and attacks that were planned for the anniversary of Columbine before the plotters were arrested. While to my knowledge no successful attack has ever been carried out on April 20th since Columbine, this proposed walkout may present too tempting of a target for a potential shooter.

If this movement were to gain nationwide traction, I implore you to move the walkout to a different date. Even then, so many students congregating outside of the country’s schools may be a hazard regardless of the date.

Columbine no longer in the top ten worst shootings

In the wake of the shootings at First Baptist Church in Sunderland Springs, Texas, where 26 people were killed, I was assaulted by the following headline by multiple news sources: “Columbine is no longer one of the 10 deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history.” I understand why the media is doing this. They’re trying to get the point across that there’s been so many mass shootings recently that one of country’s greatest tragedies has been eclipsed by recent events. However, in doing so they’ve done a great disservice to many people in the process.

First off, in this society that either only reads the headlines, or only clicks on listicle links, it lessens the impact of Columbine and what happened there. While there were other school shootings in the late 1990s prior to Columbine, Columbine was the flashpoint where school shootings were added to the common American vernacular and has sadly influenced almost every school shooting since. To say it’s been somehow ‘demoted’ from this dubious list not only lessens its historical impact, but it also trivializes the lives and deaths of the 13 victims who died and the many who were left with lifetime scars from the Columbine shooting.

Secondly, lists like this that are ranked by body count, turn mass shootings into a competition. While I’m not saying this article will spur dozens of mass shooters trying to make the ‘top ten’, there may be at least one who was already planning a mass shooting who’s now looking to crack the list. This is not a competition. All the numbers listed on the article are people who are now dead due to some selfish asshole who couldn’t deal with their own inadequacies in their lives.

In my opinion this is irresponsible journalism designed to get clicks rather than to inform.

Sue Klebold gives TED Talk: Same old song and dance

Columbine killer’s mother still tone deaf in son's murders

Back in November Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine coward Dylan Klebold, gave a TED Talk about mental health issues. Apparently, they’ll let anybody give a TED Talk, but I digress.

Here is the talk in its entirety…

Here’s what I took away from it; this is nothing we haven’t heard from her before and she still refuses to acknowledge her responsibility in the Columbine tragedy. I don’t think she’s solely responsible for it; as I’ve said in the past, it was a perfect storm of failure between the shooters’ parents and local law enforcement. However, I do believe that she shares a great deal of responsibility for allowing her son to carry out the brutal murders of 13 innocent people, alongside Eric Harris and influencing every copycat school shooting that has happened since.

Once again she doesn’t apologize for her inaction. Instead, she apologizes for what her son did, then almost immediately negates that apology by blaming Columbine on everything else but her son. She blames his suicidal tendencies, the supposed easy access of guns, and Eric Harris. While Dylan Klebold may have had mental health issues, and was a lackey to Eric Harris, his mental issues weren’t so great where he didn’t know the difference between right and wrong. At any time he could have walked away, just like anytime you could have done your job as a parent and actually checked up on what he was up to.

She’s not as brave as so many people keep claiming. She’s doing nothing more than trying to rationalize her son’s murder spree, refusing to acknowledge that he had any willing hand in it, or the fact that she could have easily prevented one of the most tragic crimes in our country’s history.

Sue Klebold to speak at mental health conference. Who’s paying?

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When word of Sue Klebold’s book was being made public it was stressed that all the proceeds from the book were being donated to mental health charities. At the time I speculated that there is more than one way to cash out. Is public speaking one of those ways?

Klebold is scheduled to be speaking at a mental health conference in June in Alexandria, Virginia. One has to wonder if she volunteered or does she now have a speaking fee.

Sue Klebold blames guns for Columbine

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Recently the Washington Post published a column entitled ‘If guns had been harder for my son to buy, Columbine might not have happened’ by Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine coward Dylan Klebold. No doubt this was done to coincide with the release of her book.

In the opinion piece she talks a good game about mental health issues but still tries to deflect the blame from her murdering spawn.

There were the deep depression and suicidal thoughts that he had been living with and that I was unaware of. There was his distorted belief that he was unloved and unlovable. There was the bullying that made him feel like an outsider at Columbine to an extent I will never know. There was his friendship with Eric and the ways each reinforced the anger and pain of the other.

But let’s just gloss over Dylan Klebold’s criminal behavior prior to the murders and the fact that he was bullying a special needs student.

However mostly in the piece she blames the ease of access to guns as a main factor of the Columbine shootings…

Having said that, I still cannot help but believe that Dylan and Eric would not have been able to take the lives of so many if they had not had such easy access to guns. As I later learned, Dylan and Eric — both of whom were minors — secretly attended a gun show where they bought the shotguns they would use in the massacre and met a young man who sold them a TEC-9 semiautomatic pistol.

She seems to be giving the impression that Klebold and Harris walked into a gun show and some how purchased the shotguns legally but that’s not how it happened.

Robyn Anderson, a friend of Klebold and Harris, bought the shotguns and the Hi-Point 9mm Carbine at The Tanner Gun Show in December of 1998 from unlicensed sellers. Because Anderson purchased the guns for someone else, the transition constituted an illegal “straw purchase.” Klebold and Harris bought the TEC-DC9 from a pizza shop employee named Mark Manes, who knew they were too young to purchase the assault pistol, but nevertheless sold it to them for $500.

So in effect they bought the guns illegally off the street, you know, like criminals. The gun control laws you’re imagining only effect gun dealers and do nothing to stop people from selling guns illegally and no gun control law will. As I’ve said before it’s harder than ever to procure guns but school shootings still continue not because of the supposed ease of access if guns but because of entitled and selfish kids who emotionally can’t handle life and their lax parents who are more concerned with being a friend rather than being a parent.

It seems she really hasn’t changed her tune from when she said that she had nothing to apologize for.