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No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine High School Paperback – October 1, 2002
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The question of why Columbine seniors Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 classmates and one teacher before killing themselves is personal for classmate Brown, who was friends with both boys. However, this search for an answer is unlikely to provide closure for either Brown or others concerned about preventing future acts of school violence. The author, who appeared on Oprah and other shows after the killing spree, writes conversationally, as if he were being questioned by a talk show host and asked to describe growing up with Klebold, why he thinks Harris told him to go home right before the shootings and what can be learned from the gruesome event. Interspersed between Brown's first person accounts of bullying and injustice at Columbine, which he regards as the motivating factors for the shootings, are third person interviews with his parents and others. Since much of the story of the event's aftermath is told from newspaper clippings and TV reports, there's little new here. Still, Brown's discussion of Harris's Web pages, where he made a death threat against Brown, and the police's failure to act on them, makes for chilling reading. The book bogs down when Brown details the actions of the local police and sheriff, who implied that Brown was a suspect even though they knew he and his family were mentioned as potential targets in Harris's journals. Too little time has elapsed since the shootings for Brown to have the perspective necessary to make this a definitive work, but readers interested in a close-up account of the tragedy will want to read this book. Photos.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
When Eric Harris walked up to Brooks Brown in the Columbine High School parking lot on April 20, 1999, and told him, "Brooks, I like you now. Get out of here. Go home," Brown's life changed forever. Minutes later, Harris and Brown's close friend Dylan Klebold murdered 12 students and a teacher. Brown immediately became the subject of rumor and innuendo, eventually being named as a "potential suspect" by the police. Besides the misery of being falsely associated with the murders, Brown endured unremitting guilt and confusion over having known Harris and Klebold well. Here Brooks tells his harrowing story, analyzing the Columbine murders along the way. Insisting that video games and rock music had nothing to do with the murders, he focuses instead on the horrific teasing and bullying rampant at Columbine. He insists that while Harris and Klebold were responsible for the deaths of 13 people, the school was responsible for making them into desperate, angry boys. Despite uber-hip slang and occasionally awkward phrasing, Brown's story is gripping and provocative. John Green
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Harris and Klebold chose to do what they did, they were the ones who planned it out and carried it through however the question still remains if .. if those who had the ability to look into the reports about the threats Eric made and followed through, if the teachers and administrations had of not turned a blind eye to what was happening to some of their students by other students and had of taken the writings and film productions of the two boys more seriously, if they had of done something other than pass it off or ignored it then yes I believe the whole shooting would not have taken place. However that is all now 20/20 hindsight .. what we have now is a society going from one extreme of passiveness to labeling little kids who play an innocent game of cops and robbers out to be potential suspects for the next school shooting or violence. One of the hardest things for people to stop and consider is that "No we don't have all the answers and no we cant read each others mind" ... and that by labeling a child an "at risk" child we create an "at risk" child.
I am glad Brooks spoke out and shared his story. There is much to gain from Brooks story. To Brooks my heart goes out to him and his family as well as to the families who lost their loved ones and to those who were injured. My heart also goes out to the Klebold's and Harris families as well because they too experienced a great loss and not only that but they have had to deal with the pain and agony of what their sons chose to do to so many. I can't imagine what anguish and hurt they have had to face. This is a tragedy that truly has altered not just Columbine but America.
Whenever I approach anything about the topic of Columbine I approach it with my own opinions. I do agree that bullying had a major impact on their decision to do what they did, but I mainly view the bullying as a catalyst. Both of them were deeply disturbed individuals, bullying or not. Eric specifically wrote in her journal addressing a couple of friends and said that if they survived he wanted them to have whatever they wanted from his room. They wanted to kill as many people as they could that day, friends included. Typically when someone is bullied they have targets in mind. I've always found the fact that they cared more about the body count than who died disturbing.
Everyone has their own questions about Columbine. There are what if's and why's that still haven't been answered and that probably never will be. The best that we can do is piece together the information that we do have. As others have said, there are people out there who still have information but haven't come forward and shared it with the public.
This book was something that I intended to read for a very long time, but I knew it was going to bring up more questions and more memories of all the news coverage this event got. I walk away from it still conflicted, but with a better understanding of what the killers were like and what happened in the days that followed. Following along with news reports only provide you with one perspective and limited opinions.
No Easy Answers is an essential read for anyone interested in the massacre at Columbine. And it's a very important book, even more than ten years after it was initially published, for parents and school staff to read. I will always remember coming home from school and seeing Oprah on the television saying that she hopes America learns from this tragedy and that high schools become a better and more accepting place for every student. We are far from that happening, and maybe it's because whenever a student takes a gun to school we all want the easy answer for why.
I highly recommend this book, much more over Cullen's book, which I couldn't even bring myself to finish. This book was hard to put down, and I finished it during two separate reading sessions over two days. The writing style reads similar to an essay with additional facts scattered about in italics, but the information this book provides is something that you won't find anywhere else.
Brooks tells his story in raw detail, taking you through the pain, outrage, and speculation he went through at not only seeing his friends harm and be harmed, but the events that shamefully transpired after the fact to silence dissent and opinions that didn't agree with the status quo. It hit close to home and reminded me of why I fled Jeffco and dread every return visit.
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