The most interesting aspect of this is the historical. I found that this sort of thing has happened well back into the past. Scotland in the Middle
Ages was the earliest that I found (although that link no longer seems to work, mores the pity). What, if anything does this say about the societal
aspect of this sort of event. Does society bear less responsibility than we think? As societies and culture have changed this sort of thing still
occurs. Maybe instead of the society being the blame worthy, perhaps instead we should look at the climate of change within the culture...the Middle
Ages were a time of great upheaval...as are the past decade or so in our own century. People left behind, or less able to adapt to the change, would
seem more likely to react badly to things changing around them. Not saying this is the sole reason of course, but it may be a contributing factor.
"Boys will be Boys" God, I get so tired of hearing that as an excuse for bullies doing what they do. Having been on the recieving end of this, I
can safely say it pisses the victim off. Attitude of the people who supposedly know best looms very large to my mind, an attitude of "boys will be
boys" could lead to grave events, an attitude of "we'll put a stop to this sort of behaviour, right the F*** NOW" would go a long way towards
stopping events before they go south. The laisse faire attitude of many school officials is a very large contributing factor, maybe even larger than
the parents role, particularly in this age of both parents working, and latchkey kids.
Not to say parents are without fault...after all they've got the kids for a large portion of the time, and should notice changes in behaviour that
could indicate something is troubling them.
What's to do? Teach the kids to defend themselves, not just physically, but verbally as well. A well placed word or two can work wonders. Of
course, there's a lot to be said for a well placed kick to the groin, too. Both worked for me...
. But seriously, kids need to learn at an early
age how to defend themselves in situations, and the best place to do that is on the playground at school. Not every lesson is learned in the
classroom, maybe not even the most important ones...
In this era of schools being offensively PC, its the kids who are different who pay the price for their non conformity. That very non conformity is
what leads them to seek nonconventional means of retaliation. Not to say its right, but it is understandable, at least to me.
That still leads back to one of my questions, what makes them cross that line that most don't cross, even in their wildest, most bloodsoaked
fantasies. What makes a Dillon Kliebold do what he did? Evil? Just so angry, he snaps? A scream for attention? I've given this some thought, and
I simply lack the expertise to form an opinion that makes any sense.