Stem School in Douglas County, Colorado

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about 2019 being the twentieth anniversary of the terrible shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and how little has changed since then. Last week, as people were still absorbing the fact that it has been two decades on from the Columbine massacre, another school shooting happens in Colorado, not very far away from Columbine. What this does is to and it’s very unfortunate that it has, augment my argument on how little has changed.

With frightening similarity, two students went into Stem School, a Kindergarten to Year 12 school in Douglas County, a suburb of Denver, and opened fire on their fellow students. When it was over, one student had died, trying to stop the bloodshed and eight others were injured. The end result was yet another tragedy involving guns.

It is tempting and man I wanted to, to use this tragedy to make my point about stricter enforcement of gun laws and raising the age of gun ownership to 21 but having read a further article about the shooting, the students at Stem School don’t want what happened at their school to be used for any political purposes. Therefore, I will respect their wishes and not make any more comments about the gun debate.

What seems to be different about this particular shooting was that instead of being bullied, the one shooter was said to have been a bully himself. Reports were that he constantly bullied younger children and made jokes about shooting up the school. Other reports coming out say that there was a high drug culture at the school as well as bullying and sexual harassment. However, in spite of all of this, it doesn’t justify shooting up the school and the school should be allowed to mourn the victims. There will be plenty of time after to ask, “Why?”

In reference to my book, “He Was Weird,” it is true that my main character shoots up his school but I don’t in any way say he was right in doing so. In any case, we have yet another shooting with no agreeable solution to the problem.

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