14 Jun 2009

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dave Cullen: Columbine

Columbine is the most important and impactful reading of this massacre that I have read to date. Written by Dave Cullen, it provides the reader with an opportunity to attempt to get inside the minds of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Additionally, we get a profile of teenage killers that goes to the heart of psychopathology. We learn of their interactions with one another, their peers, their teachers, and their parents. There were many themes and emerging themes that stood out for me. I think of Mr. D (Frank De Angelis) and how there are many dedicated and compassionate teachers like him, and how they really care about the overall well-being of their students. Even in the midst of chaos, this is comfort in faith. Therefore, the chapters ‘Rush to Closure’, ‘Gifted Boy’, ‘Hour of Need’, had me asking the question, Do We ever Forgive, or can we?