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

The Tattoo

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

April 26, 1999

--- OPINION ---

Consumed with hate, shooters needed help

By JESSICA NORTON
The Tattoo

Hate is defined as a four-letter word meaning severe
dislike for someone or something, but last Tuesday
two students of Columbine High in Littleton, Colo.
took the word hate too far.

They ended the lives of 15 people and forever changed
the lives of all their classmates.

 We all know students like Eric Harris and Dylan
Klebod, the outcasts of our groups, the brunt of our
jokes and the object of our disapproving glances. They
were the guys that the popular would never be seen
with.

Maybe it was those reasons that Harris and Klebod
formed the "Trench Coat Mafia." Perhaps it was their
way of belonging to something -- of coming together
in their joint hatred of jocks, Jews, blacks and
Hispanics.

Obviously this group allowed their hatred to grow so
strong that they took it upon themselves to make the
people that had caused them pain and whom they
found inferior pay an ultimate price.

These two men needed help.

There were warning signs that there could have been a
problem.

Fights were threatened between the "Trench Coat
Mafia" and various other cliques in Columbine High
before Tuesday, but nobody thought to look deeper.
No one thought the antics of these young men would
go any farther, and no one, especially the students of
Columbine High, ever fathomed the possibility of
being held hostage, begging for their lives and having
their friends shot dead.

On Monday the students of Littleton Colorado were
worried about things like grades and proms, but one
day after the shootings, they were simply trying to put
the pieces of their lives back in some kind of order,
trying to understand why someone would do this.

Unfortunately there are no answers to their questions,
and all that is left are the ruins of a school that will
never forget.

     


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