The Columbine Killers Weren’t Victims
So I’m reading Michele Catalano’s superb blog, A Small Victory, and she’s talking about her son being bullied at school. She’s obviously upset about it and understandably so given her school’s reaction. But then, I come across a throway paragraph that I just could not believe I was reading,
“One of these days my son is going to turn around and clock S. Of course, DJ will be the one to get suspended, be punished, made an example of. The victims are always turned into the perpetrators in these circumstances. Columbine, anyone? Is the school district going to wait for my son to buy an AK 47 off of the black market and walk into school one day and finally have his say, with bullets? Or are they waiting for S. to really explode and physically damage someone before they take action against him?”
First off, I really, truly, hope that Michele wrote that in the heat of the moment and that it doesn’t reflect her true feelings because Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were not victims. They were hate filled, cold blooded, mass murderers, who spent a year planning to murder innocent people on Adolf Hitler’s 110th birthday. Were they alive today, they’d deserve the death penalty 10 times over for what they did.
Furthermore, contary to what some people may believe, Klebold & Harris were not retaliating for being bullied & they didn’t walk around the high school shooting people who had bullied them — not that they would have been justified in any way, shape, or form if they did. Let me give you a few examples of why I say that…
” By 11:25, the boys, who had already shot Rachel Scott dead, ran into the cafeteria shooting children and shooting at the bomb that didn’t detonate, in an attempt to detonate it, but to no avail. Had the two cafeteria bombs that Harris and Klebold planted exploded, then all of the four hundred and forty-eight students in the cafeteria would probably have perished.
…The pair had an elaborate plan cooked up for not only the school shooting, but also a massacre in the neighborhood and, if they were unable to escape out of the United States, a planned hijacking of an airplane which the boys would then crash into New York City.”
“Wyant and (Cassie) Bernall were studying alone together in the back of the library. After the gunmen rushed in, the girls crouched beneath a table together, and Cassie began praying aloud: “Dear God. Dear God. Why is this happening? I just want to go home.” Dylan Klebold suddenly slammed his hand on the table, yelled “Peekaboo,” and looked underneath. He shot Cassie without exchanging a word.”
From the journal of Eric Harris…
“Sometime in April  me and V will get revenge and will kick natural selection up a few notches,” Harris wrote in his journal on April 26, 1998. “If we have figured out the art of time bombs beforehand, we will set hundreds of them around houses, roads, bridges, buildings and gas stations, anything that will cause damage and chaos…It’ll be like the LA riots, the Oklahoma bombing, WWII, Vietnam, Duke [Nukem] and Doom all mixed together…I want to leave a lasting impression on the world.”
“…I want to tear a throat out with my own teeth like a pop can. I want to gut someone with my hand, to tear a head off and rip out the heart and lungs from the neck, to stab someone in the gut, shove it up to their heart, and yank the fucking blade out of their rib cage! I want to grab some weak little freshman and just tear them apart like a wolf, show them who is god. Strangle them, squish their head, bite their temples in the skull, rip off their jaw…the lovely sounds of bones cracking and flesh ripping, ahhh…so much to do and so little chances.”
Klebold and Harris were evil to the core and they should never, ever, be spoken of as victims who had any sort of justification for what they did…
PS: I gave Michele a heads up that I was going to be discussing this subject and after I finished this post, but before I posted it, she sent me the following to better explain her position…
“It’s not like I was being sympathetic to the two murderers; I was just saying that letting these things fester and go unpunished is a great way to ensure that you’ll have a school shooting in your future. Klebold and Harris aren’;t my kid – they had inattentive parents. Another kid in DJ’s class might not be as vigilant about their kid and *that’s* where you’ll get your Columbine from.”