So today my school had an assembly on Teen Killers, and the guy above came in to give us a presentation on why teens kill and ultimately, bullying.
Sadly my class proved why I hate them, this guy had a good motivation for what he was doing but all he gave was generalizations. Tons of them; and a lot of kids my age are not informed about this whole sub-topic.
Basically he said that if someone plays a lot of violent video games, is obsessed with weapons such as guns etc, and says things like “I want to kill you” or gives violent threats, then those are telling signs of them being a teen murderer.
Of course people like Adam Lanza and Eric Harris shared this commonality, a lot of teen killers share it; but it’s not the reason why they kill. Mental illness plays a big part in it and so do a bunch of other factors filtered.
He also mentioned the “Columbine Killers” a lot, and Columbine being the most infamous school shooting he also said “They could be a teen killer if they are obsessed with other school shootings, especially Columbine.”
I honestly started laughing at that because, it’s just funny, come on we know whyyy.
He also started showing pictures of all these people who died, one girl because of rape, and then he went on to show actual crime photos from a school shooting where a student killed a teacher, then walked in to a classroom and shot seven students (I don’t remember which shooting this was, sorry).
Then he was talking about how you should speak up and tell when you’re being bullied before you also become a school shooter, he said “Or you’ll end up like this…” then the suicide photo of Dylan and Eric popped up and I had to put my head down. I’m not too squeamish with gore, but being a Columbiner for seven years and becoming fond of the boys, it really affected me, I don’t take that photo well.
A lot of people where like “What? Columbine? What is that?” but whatever. It was really awkward for me to sit there while he kept giving a bunch of bull, and especially when he would say things that were wrong and in my head I had to keep correcting him. He also tried developing ethos by using the fact that he’s on TV..
Over all his reason for the presentation was with good intentions, and he was a very motivating person, but the biggest issue I had was his generalizations. Especially since kids who aren’t as informed will take what he said directly and apply it to their image of a teen killer.