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Like many, I've always found the attack on Columbine High School to be particularly disturbing. It was, in many ways, the genesis of modern school violence. Upon delving deeper into the case, I recognized a similar pattern of reporting, in which omission of details that detract from a neatly packaged account of the event was commonplace. Unfortunately, this has led to many misconceptions about what led up to this tragedy and has prevented us from effectively using it as a model to help identify and intervene with other children who might be heading down a similar path. My goal in writing this book was to present all of the available information in this case in order to encourage a re-evaluation of the current, accepted narrative and to challenge others to acknowledge that explanation of a crime should fit the majority of the evidence and that selectively utilizing only those facts that support a particular contention does nothing to advance true understanding of the event.
I also believe that the book will be of interest to those who work with children, whether it be teachers, administrators, counselors, or social workers, etc. By showing them the problem behaviors that were exhibited by Harris and Klebold, and how they were either ignored or missed entirely, the aim is to help child advocates to recognize and intervene on the behalf of other troubled kids.
Finally, I would hope that segments of law enforcement might find the information useful, and this includes learning from some of the rather large missteps of the police agencies involved in this tragedy.