Columbine: Wounded Minds

Reading a post from The Quill, the Key, and the Compass inspired me to write this post.

I was only ten when the Columbine High School shooting happened, and I don’t remember hearing anything about it when it did happen. It was in the years to come that I would begin to know more about it, and would become morbidly fascinated with it. Something like what happened at Columbine could happen at any high school in America (or anywhere in the world, for that matter). In certain ways, Columbine was a wake-up call. Watch your children’s behavior closely. Pay attention to media influence. Don’t go blindly handing out prescription drugs to just anyone.

Thirteen people (fifteen, including the killers) died on April 20, 1999. Twenty-four others were injured on that day. A documentary is coming out called Columbine: Wounded Minds, and its director is Sam Granillo, one of the survivors. The purpose of the documentary is for the survivors of the Columbine tragedy to explain how they have been hurting for the past (almost 13) years. Every day, the survivors have to deal with the pain and stress that come with healing. Sam Granillo argues that the survivors have never received adequate help, and many are still struggling with PTSD. They deserve to have their story told.

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8 thoughts on “Columbine: Wounded Minds

  1. Maggie, thank you so much for your support of this project and for writing this post. It means so much, and it helps a really important project. Thank you!

  2. So far as i can tell, mass school shootings began in 1966. Wikipedia hasd an intersting piece on the development of this crime. I recall also a chillingly brilliant first film by Peter Bogdanovitch in 1968 called Targets, in which the seemingly pointless cold-blooded killings of strangers took place at a drive-in. Very prescient – or did it inspire anyone?

    • The first school shooting was the Bath School disaster in 1927, but that doesn’t technically count as a “shooting” since it was actually a bombing. I guess that was the first instance of school violence, though.

  3. Thanks for posting about this. I probably wouldn’t have known about it otherwise, since I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to documentaries.

    When things like this happen, there’s a lot of attention at the moment, but not much attention or help for the long-term effects. That was true of 9/11, too. It took a long time for there to be even an admission of long-term health implcations, let alone any help.

    • Right… it’s like we only pay attention for as long as the media does, and when the media moves on to other topics, the survivors and what they must be feeling get ignored. It’s sad.

      • Just as I was reading your reply, I heard a report on the radio that the government _may_ turn over some environmental analyses of the WTC area after 9/11 over to a hospital doing studies on the long-term health effects, and people are trying to pass a bill to get health coverage to the survivors. This is, needless to say, over ten years after the event, and the bill doesn’t cover cancer.

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