Cause And Effect Essay On Columbine Shootings

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Columbine Massacre “In a country that doesn’t discriminate between fame and infamy, the latter presents itself more achievable” - Lionel Shriver. “April 20, 1999 - At approximately 11:19 am, two students, Dylan Klebold, 17, and Eric Harris, 18, carrying guns and bombs, open fire inside Columbine High School, killing 13 and wounding 23 others before killing themselves,” (CNN). Due to the lack of mental health understanding, parental neglect, and lack of gun regulation in 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris did not get the mental help they needed. They ended up killing their fellow peers, and one teacher. Though these problems have gotten better, they still happen today. During the period the boy’s spent planning, Dylan and Eric’s parents …show more content…
The parents could’ve been more involved in their children’s lives, being more aware of their mental health problems and how their friends acted. “Sue says she wishes she had listened to him more carefully in the years preceding the shooting. She wonders what questions she could have asked that might have encouraged her son to open up about whatever he was feeling,”(Strasser). People assumed causes for the disaster such as violent movies, violent games, bullying, and gangs. Since the Columbine disaster more and more school shootings have happened. “The hallways erupted in screaming, terror-stricken pandemonium as students realised this was… another increasingly familiar scene; a student with a gun.” - USA Today, 5/21/99. In 2016 Dylan Klebold’s mum, “Sue wrote a book which described her guilt, despair, shame and confusion that she had in her in all the 17 years after the massacre,” (Columbine Shooter's Mother). She hopes that her book will honour the memories of the people that her son killed and help parents who have children that struggle with having good mental health. All the funds made from selling the book, besides what it cost to make it, were donated to research and charities involving mental

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