My Monday Must-Read is a little morbid, however, don’t let that deter you from reading it.
My pick is Columbine by Dave Cullen.
This work is non-fiction and is a comprehensive look at the school shooting that brought school shootings into the nation’s mental forefront.
Published in 2009, a decade after the shooting, Cullen dives into police files, evidence and interviews to look at what drove the two teens behind the shooting to do what they did. He also breaks down what occurred inside the school building in Colorado in a way that helps readers realize how devastating the attack could have been, if it had gone according to plan.
While reading about young people being shot and killed in a school, one of the places we are supposed to be safest, can be difficult, this book is a must-read for me.
School shootings have become more commonplace. In 2014, so far, there have been 53 shootings reported and schools and colleges across the country. And there’s still a month and a half to go.
Maybe, if we learn more about the types of people who think that committing these acts is their only option, we can learn more about ways to prevent them. We can also, just maybe, come up with ways to better prepare schools in the event of an attack like this.
Cullen’s work is also important in that it looks at all the evidence gathered and how the reports are created that we rely on to ultimately learn about how these shootings unfolded.
I expect in several years, a similar book, possibly by Cullen, could be forthcoming about the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut.
It took Cullen 10 years to comb through all the documents, conduct interviews and write this account of Columbine. It’s well worth the wait, and a read.