December 22, 2015 – Why Violence is so Contagious
An eerie thing happened after the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Variations of the shooting, in which Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 other students, one teacher, and then themselves in 1999, started showing up across the United States and the world.
Some shooters copied Harris and Klebold’s tactics or their trenchcoats. Others wrote about them in their manifestos, or recorded similar “basement tapes,” in which they explained motives and said goodbye to their families. Thousands more young people compiled hit lists, phoned in bomb threats, brought guns to school and divulged Columbine fantasies online, but never carried them out.
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