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good book about tragic events

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Ok here it is. I just finished reading the book. I thought it was well written and had more insight then any of the other books out there. Who would know better than a friend of theirs and that went to the same school .With the other interviews on how these kids were targets. There is big difference of just being bullied and being a target. A target is someone that on a daily bases was push and shoved humiliated. Now I see why it was the whole school not just the jocks, the on lookers that laughed were just as bad. Not that I condone what they did at ALL. I get it through. I read a book by a writer named Dave Cullen “Columbine”. I couldn’t understand how Eric went from being this Casanova in his book. When other students had a different story . Then footage was release of a slight part of the bulling they took at lunch. I don’t recommend Dave Cullen’s book. The reports he gave were found out to be lies and sloppy. Brooks’s book told some of the story. The rest we will never know. Having journals they only wanted you to see doesn’t help much. It took a lot of courage to write this book .  

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I completely respect Brooks' analysis of these two boys, since he knew them personally and saw what they went through on a regular basis. And not only that, he was their same age and went to the same school, witnessing the kind of torment these boys were subjected to. I agree with him on his argument that music and video games didn't influence Eric and Dylan's violence; they were already feeling violent, and they were drawn to violent music and video games because they could relate to it. The minute I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I loved the way his point of view was so descriptive and analyzed. And I agree: THE BASEMENT TAPES SHOULD BE RELEASED!! There are going to be 'copycat killers' whether they are released or not. And other people need to see these tapes so that we as a society can figure out what was going on in these kids' minds, instead of leaving that up to the biased government to view and analyze. It just makes no sense.  

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This book is the best I have ever read. I'm glad I took the time to read this. I began reading it early this afternoon and haven't stopped until it was finished. The Columbine Massacre happened just before I started high school. I haven't looked into it or any other school shootings until earlier this week, almost 8 years after I quit school. I've struggled for a very long time with the scars that come with the horrible experiences of being bullied all throughout my childhood well into my teenage years and even, to a lesser extent, up until about 2 years ago.
I too, experienced so much of what both Eric and Dylan experienced not only in the bullying they were subjected to but also the psychological effects. I am permanently scared. I found myself relating to both Eric and Dylan on so many levels, especially when the bullying was at it's worst. For a very long time, I experienced very similar psychotic episodes, developed a God complex, self hated, felt hopelessness and depression, and wanted to kill my oppressors. Bullying is truly the reason behind the problems within our schools today and I wish more than anything in the world to prevent anyone from having to experience the horrifying effects that stem from it.
I consider myself lucky to have gotten to the end of 11th grade before dropping out and getting my diploma outside school. That hate I'd developed towards my bullies had brought me to severe mental illness and I have no idea what I would've done if I'd stayed in school for my senior year. Even today I'm far from what you'd call normal because of it. It's affected every aspect of my life and I'd wish what I've had to endure on nobody now.
Thank you for taking the time to write this book. It's had a positive impact on me. It's very inspiring and refreshing to read the unedited truth.
 

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I just finished this book, and as a mother im interested in the events of columbine, and have always encouraged my children to accept people for who they are.
my children know that they dont have to
like someone, and they dont have to spend time with people they dont like, but they do have to respect them as people, i really wish other parents would teach thier children the same rule. so far my kids arent bullied, but they have been picked on a little, i know this is normal part of growing up- but why? why hurt someone for no other reason then to entertain yourself?
anyway i wanted to tell mr brown, that since i have read so much on columbine i never felt i had answers until i read his book- sure there is more i want to know, and that may never change- and i while i dont offer any sympathy to the killers, because they took the easy way out, i now have a clearer idea of things. i hope brooks is doing better- and i was excited to read that he had started a website, it sounded like such a worth while idea, i directed my older daughter to look at it, but it was obviously taken down- i hope Brooks will start another one
or at the very least continue on a positive note to make others understand!
I suport you Brooks and thank you for sharing your story with us
 

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It seems kind of wrong to say this book is good because of what it is about. I wanted to read it because I have a lot of thoughts about Columbine. It was a depressing read, but I recommend this book to people who want answers about columbine's events.

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