1. lovetotrav
    April 3, 2015 @ 12:57 pm

    Thank you for writing this post. I am Canadian and just told my 15 year old about it, who asked, “What is Columbine?” She knows the others unfortunately but maybe this is a “must read” book for our house. Cheryl


    • Cheney
      April 3, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

      On the one hand I’d say it’s a great book to read for a high schooler since this is something that affects them, on the other, use discretion and maybe check the book out yourself first. It is very graphic and disturbing – the truth is stranger than fiction (and what the media has told us about this event).

      If anything I think the best thing that could come out of a teenager reading this book is teaching them some compassion for the outliers and oddballs in their school..

      Do these things happen in Canada as much as in the US?


      • Laura Roberts
        April 3, 2015 @ 7:57 pm

        Sadly there have been some extremely tragic school shootings in Canada as well. I can think of two off the top of my head that took place in Montreal: the Ecole Polytechnique massacre (which was aimed at women) and the Dawson College shooting, which took place when I was living in Montreal. I think Canadians would like to think that their society is a lot safer and that there’s a lot less gun violence because it’s not ingrained in their culture or part of their founding documents, but that’s really not true — and those massacres illustrate that fact. The fact that both took place at institutions of higher learning, as opposed to high schools, is even more troubling to me.


        • Cheney
          April 3, 2015 @ 9:20 pm

          You make a good point that I hadn’t considered – that guns are ingrained in our society, right in our Constitution. We’ve amended our Constitution in the past to change with the times, oh how I wish we could change the meaning of that one.


  2. Deb Atwood
    April 3, 2015 @ 9:23 pm

    This looks like a powerful read by a dedicated journalist. Thank you for highlighting this one! I so agree about the need to look at those kids on the edge and consider their lives. A fictionalized version of high school massacre I think does a good job of this is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. Have you read that?


  3. kimicalreaction
    April 3, 2015 @ 10:26 pm

    Well said.


  4. Tarkabarka
    April 4, 2015 @ 11:41 am

    Excellent post and I am definitely checking out the book. It sounds like it would be an important read. The more time I spend in the US the more important it seems… Thanks!

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