Friday, May 01, 2009

QOTD

It's a couple of weeks old, but USAToday's Columbine corrective still is interesting:
They weren't goths or loners.

The two teenagers who killed 13 people and themselves at suburban Denver's Columbine High School 10 years ago next week weren't in the "Trenchcoat Mafia," disaffected videogamers who wore cowboy dusters. The killings ignited a national debate over bullying, but the record now shows Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold hadn't been bullied -- in fact, they had bragged in diaries about picking on freshmen and "fags."

Their rampage put schools on alert for "enemies lists" made by troubled students, but the enemies on their list had graduated from Columbine a year earlier. Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren't on antidepressant medication and didn't target jocks, blacks or Christians, police now say, citing the killers' journals and witness accounts. That story about a student being shot in the head after she said she believed in God? Never happened, the FBI says now.

A decade after Harris and Klebold made Columbine a synonym for rage, new information -- including several books that analyze the tragedy through diaries, e-mails, appointment books, videotape, police affidavits and interviews with witnesses, friends and survivors -- indicate that much of what the public has been told about the shootings is wrong.
(via Best of the Web)

3 comments:

starviego said...

You are still being lied to about Columbine. Big time. If you want to find out what really happened at Columbine I suggest you read what the eyewitnesses had to say:

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/columbineeight.php

Carl said...

Uh, I'm no fan of the mainstream media, but they're more trustworthy than anonymous conspiracy-theory articles on the Net.

OBloodyhell said...

> Uh, I'm no fan of the mainstream media, but they're more trustworthy than anonymous conspiracy-theory articles on the Net.

C'mon, Carl, Give Peas A Chance.