(Copyright 1999 by The Tattoo. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

April 26, 1999

--- OPINION ---

Shooting: a sick new fad

The Tattoo

Something is very wrong here.

A few years ago the term "school shooting" was not in
our general vocabulary. But since October 1997,
incidences of children firing on their classmates have
become national news seven times. 

The most severe case is the most recent. Eric Harris
and Dylan Klebold began spraying bullets into their
Littleton, Colo. high school less than a week ago, and
they were out to kill.
They were laughing. They screamed racial prejudices
and said peek-a-boo before firing. It was a game to

It is happening over and over again. It's like a sick
new fad.
Because of the number of these incidents in such a
short period of time, it is obvious that something in
our society is disturbed. These children are angry and
violent. Something is telling them that it is okay to
shoot their peers and teachers.
Violence isn't anything new to this country. We are
faced with murder and gore on a daily basis in the
But what is so fundamentally wrong right now? How
are children being led to feel this is their most
appealing option?

An answer to these questions is overdue.

It should be clear that we aren't doing nearly enough if
it has happened seven times. What more do the
children have to do to tell society that something isn't

People died for this red flag to be put up. They were
victims of more than just a few kids with guns. They
were the victims of a society too preoccupied to deal
with its youth.
Hopefully we're hearing this message. We can't afford
to overlook it any longer.