do you think Columbine was preventable?
Yes, of course it was. The list goes on when someone should’ve stepped in and Columbine should have never happened. Should I list them?
#1 Eric’s Webpages:That boy literally publicize his homicidal thoughts and procedures and nobody still bothered to step in. He ranted how excited he was to kill people PLUS he even wrote how he would go to Brooks’ house, shoot his whole family, and burn the house down on the morning of NBK. Even Dylan was aware that Eric had issues, and that’s why he ratted him out by giving Brooks Eric’s website. At least Brooks’ parents tried to do something by calling the police but of course they never looked into it further. If they did, they would’ve found Eric’s and Dylan’s plans for NBK and it would’ve been stopped.
#2 Eric’s Self-Psychiatric Evaluation: At least Eric tried to get help, he even got medicated but he put on his self evaluation that he was still having both homicidal and suicidal thoughts. The only thing his doctor did was put him on another medication which he took irregularly, causing him to be more agitated than ever before. You’d think maybe his doctor would notice and assign him for therapy instead but nope.
#3 Dyan’s and Eric’s Commentary:Eric literally flat out said to his friend (that wasn’t Dylan) “I swear…one of these days I’m going to do it. I’m going to blow up the school.” And his friend just told him to “lighten up.” Then Dylan told another “wouldn’t it be kind of fun to sit on the soccer field and shoot at the school? Like shooting at all the windows would be fun.” And everybody laughed, thinking he was joking.
#4 Dylan’s Creative Writing Assignment: Dylan wrote a short story about a man dressed in a black overcoat, who’s 6′4, shooting at preppy students (...gee I wonder where he got the inspiration for that story.) At least the teacher recognized it was inappropriate to write a short story about a school shooting in a school environment when the main character actively describes the student writing it. But was it enough to get the law enforcement involved? Was it enough to get them to check through Dylan’s belongings to see if Dylan could potentially hurt someone? Nope, apparently not.
Of course there were more times someone could’ve stepped in, but I don’t want this post to be so long. In conclusion, yes it was preventable if people actually took the initiative to want to stop it.