Dave Cullen shared his thoughts throughout the book about the shooting.
Cullen was always wondered if Dylan and Eric were shaped into killing by the environment or natural born killers. I myself learned about the Nature vs. Nurture controversy in class. The Nature vs. Nurture debate plays a huge role in what people have been debating about what causes Dylan and Eric to do such a horrible thing. Dave Cullen believed that Dylan and Eric became killers from the environment they lived in. I am on Cullen’s side with this. Where Dylan and Eric were raised made a huge impact on what shaped them and persuade them towards killing many innocent people.
This can be proved because Dylan was raised in a military family. Dylan was always the new kid at school which could have led to a hard time for him. Dylan’s family had moved multiple times before settling down in Colorado. After the horror of Columbine, parents, students and staff focused on when and where there would be another shooting.
Schools had now created a zero tolerance policy for any threats that were made against them. In today’s day and age, first responders are now expected to run inside schools, to try and prevent the active shooter from harming more people. All across the nation schools are enacting active shooter drills. Since I have started my education at Barrington High School, these drills have changed. Originally students at Barrington High School would lock the door, sit far from the door and windows, turn off the lights, and sit quietly. We were not allowed to leave the room under any circumstances. We no longer follow this plan.
Our new plan is “Run, Fight, Hide”. If the shooter was inside the school students could either, run away as far as they can, fight the shooter with any objects they can find, or the original plan, sit in the dark room quietly. In the old plan, students were not allowed to use their cell phones.
Now they should post on social media and text family and friends making them aware of the situation. Before reading Columbine, I was not aware of the terrible school shooting that went down in Colorado in 1999. I selected this book because I wanted to know what had happened this day. It was also very different than all the other books because it told a truly horrifying story. While reading Columbine, it did affect my mood and the way I looked at life.
The book never had a “boring” moment, it was hard to put down. The book was so suspenseful that you wanted to keep reading. Reading the book you feel a great amount of sympathy for everyone who was affected by this tragedy. I would highly recommend this book. This is the type of book I would never pick up, just looking at the cover and the number of pages. But I was hooked on the book from the moment I started it. The book starts off with some information about the day.
Then it goes into detail about what took place during the shooting. The was written differently than other books. It was broken up into chapters. But not ordinary chapters, one would be about the shooting while the next one would be about the victims. This for me, kept the book interesting. The events that happened at Columbine High School were very tragic.
Back in 1999, the impact on society was detrimental. In today’s world, we are desensitized to these events taking place. Tragic events happen very often and have almost come apart of our daily lives.
Columbine takes us back to the start of a new era.