Columbine pages 305–358
The last section of this book was an extremely powerful one. It started with Dylan’s paper. I can only imagine Ms. Kelly, the poor lady that had to read this horrible paper. Cullen wrote, “Dylan’s protagonist was killing civilians, ruthlessly, and enjoying it.” I think that this paper was Dylan’s way of almost telling everyone what was to come or an “intentional leak” as Cullen called it. Although this story makes Dylan sound like a violent animal, I think that this is his way of warning the teacher and it shows that his heart isn’t into all this killing. Ms. Kelly did all the right things, contacting his parents and his counselor but it still was not enough to prevent the massacre that was to come.
What is really upsetting to me is that Eric got exactly what he wanted from this whole massacre. “Eric wanted to be remembered” He was definitely remembered. Also, Eric and Dylan made a lot of basement tapes leading up to the shooting. In some of these videos Eric and Dylan made these apologies to their parents. This makes me really angry, if these apologies were sincere then they wouldn’t even think about going and shooting a school, much less a school where they still had friends attending! Cullen wrote “Eric willed some of his stuff to two buddies and then Eric added “if you guys live”. There is no hint of any remorse in these videos, it’s all false and that’s horrible.
Dylan seemed to embrace his role in the 24 hours prior to the shooting. “He drew up full-page sketches of himself in body armor: front and back displays geared up with explosives. One of the last pages included a brief schedule for NBK, now pushed back to Tuesday. It ended like this: “When first bombs go off, attack. have fun!” I feel like this part of the section is very relevant because it shows that Dylan has now accepted that he will help kill as many people as he can at Columbine. He will “have fun!”.
I’m very happy that I chose this book for my summer reading project. Not only was it a very good read