Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Columbine massacre.
I was in seventh grade when it happened. Two high school seniors from a Denver suburb showed up to school with weapons and ammunition and mercilessly gunned down dozens of their peers. At the time, it was the worst school shooting in history. The massacre sparked widespread moral panic: social conservatives blamed society’s alienation from traditional values. Liberals decried the availability of deadly weapons. Video games, bullying, and of course shock-rocker Marilyn Manson all received their fair share of negative press.
When I was a senior in high school, I read this article about what really motivated Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold to commit mass murder. It turned out that all the pundits, politicians, and pontificators…got it wrong.
After reading about Eric Harris’ psychopathy and superiority complex. I looked up archived versions of his personal website. Despite the vulgarity and terrible spelling, his rants proved rather entertaining…and surprisingly relatable. In fact, after reading Harris’ website, I decided to start my own “rant” site.
And that’s how I got into blogging.
Few people who enjoy reading my experiences realize that the angry rants of a teenage psychopathic murderer inspired me to create my first blog. I feel a strange kinship with Eric, as we shared many of the same gripes and frustrations in our teen years.
Thankfully, I had the knowledge and direction to choose a better path.