Columbine High School Shooting Kaplan University CJ266-03 Deviance and Violence April 23, 2013 On April 20, 1999, nearly fourteen years ago, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold took the lives of thirteen people and injuring more than twenty others, before taking their own lives, by committing suicide at the Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. There were a lot of speculations in this case as opposed to facts. What their reasons were for doing what they did will always remain a mystery that only one can speculate what they think the reasons were. We all know that these two young men took the lives of thirteen people, injured more than twenty others, and then turned the guns on themselves committing suicide before this event came to a halt. Eric Harris was eighteen at the time, while Dylan Klebold was seventeen.
Knowing this, the mysterious “bomber” got enraged that he pretended to kill himself in front of Jack and Harry. Everyone thought that the “bomber” is dead and that the peace is back. This “bomber” fired a bus that was just right in front of Jack. The “bomber” called Jack and told him that he wants a big amount of money and that if he doesn’t get it at a specific time given, the “bomber” will fire another bus called, 2525. The catches are, no one gets off or the bus will explode, the driver cannot slow down before 50kmh or the bomb’s timer will turn on, and the only one who knew was Jack Traven.
The Shots That Won’t Be Forgotten As the 61 shots which were fired by the National Guards, 13 of the 61 bullets struck 13 protesting students, leaving nine of them wounded, and the remaining four students dead. Mary Ann Vecchio, a fourteen-year old runaway, saw the body of Jeffery Miller, a student of Kent State University, fell to her knees holding him and cried out in agony, even though she never knew him (“Four Students Killed At Kent State by National Guard, May 4, 1970.”) On May 4th 1970, students from Kent State University gathered together to protest against President Nixon’s decision of deploying American troops to Cambodia in order to complete an invasion. As the students began their protest, they began to turn from peaceful protesting into an unfriendly demonstration which caused the National Guard to step in. The students began to rile up, they began to threaten the guards by throwing rocks, and yelling obscene remarks to them. The National Guard felt they had no choice, but to fire their weapons, causing the four students to be killed (“Kent State Shootings- Timeline.”) Although the shooting was a tragic event, the whole event could’ve been avoided if the students would have left the Guards alone, and if the National Guard didn’t feel the need to shoot the students out of self-defense.
Gas chambers were invented as a way to kill Jews and others quickly. The camps started being liberated in 1944, and the last camp was liberated on May 8th, 1945. The War in Darfur began in 2003 in Sudan. People in Darfur were accusing the Sudanese government of causing distress for the non-Arab Sudanese people, and not the Sudanese Arabs. The Darfur Genocide is the mass killing of Darfur men, women, and children in Western Sudan.
Kip Kinkel Analysis In 1998, Kipland “Kip” Kinkel shot and killed his parents, and killed 4 students at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon. Kip’s troubles at home and in school seem to have led him to commit his misdeeds. Kip began to show flashes of violent behavior at a young age. Kip used a computer, bought for him by his parents, to develop dangerous interests: explosives and guns. Kip was learning how to make his own bombs and soon wanted to possess a gun.
In the Holocaust, there were 5.59-5.86 million and in the Rwanda Genocide there were 800,000 and 1,000,000 which could be as high as 20% of their population. In the book Night, there was a scene that showed the mass killings that the Nazis’ committed, they shoved all of the people in death camps and lined them up and killed them. In Hotel Rwanda they lined them up and killed them. Another similarity that they share is the cruelty and the heartlessness that they have. Even when the children were begging to have mercy, they still killed them.
Today there is not a more hotly debated issue than gun control. The most recent school shooting event has prompted an “I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it any more” moment just like it did in Sydney Lumet’s 1976 movie, Network. How many more school shootings do there need to be before the government stops talking about it and steps up and does something about it? It all seems to have started on April 20, 1999, when two high school students who were armed with weapons and bombs entered Columbine High School and killed twelve of their fellow classmates, one teacher and injured many more. On December 14, 2012, a lone gunman killed twenty first graders and six school teachers and administrators with an assault style rifle at the Sandy Hook Elementary School just outside of Newtown, Connecticut (Jonson).
Processing an offender in accordance with strain theory would involve community containment with therapeutic modalities that focus on cognitive restructuring, anger management and self esteem. Strain Theory 2 At Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado on April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve students and one teacher as well as wounding twenty-four others before committing suicide. This event is considered to be the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, (Wikipedia Encyclopedia, 2006). The shock and horror of this tragedy forced a close examination of many issues represented in this event. The nature of high school cliques, bullying, gun control and violence in the media were hotly debated topics as people searched for answers as to why this tragedy occurred.
These were mass shootings in very public places, schools. Between the years of 1996-2013 a total of 84 attackers committed 77 attacks on schools in 15 countries killing 502 students and teachers and wounding 496 others worldwide. (See Table 1) It is my belief that these attacks were orchestrated upon the most helpless in our society in order to incite mass fear and chaos! Each crime was perpetrated with both handguns and rifles, or what these days are referred to as “assault rifles.” The term “assault rifle” is yet another mainstream media scare tactic designed solely for fear because many believe that for a civilian to possess what looks like a military weapon they must intend to murder. Hatred of other people because of race or status and the belief that “Someone” is holding them back is truly what is at the heart of killing and that guns are just the tool of choice.
Phones can always be turned off to prevent distractions. If you compare between distraction in class and safety in class, safety will always win. Take the Columbine Massacre, for instance. On April 20, 1999, teenagers Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked into Columbine High school in Littleton, Colorado carrying sub-machine guns and self-made bombs with the intention of doing some serious damage. Thirteen innocent people were murdered, and many more would have followed if it weren’t for some students and their cell-phones.