No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine by Rob Merritt, Brooks Brown

By Rob Merritt, Brooks Brown

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On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, seniors at Columbine highschool in Littleton, Colorado, walked into their university and shot to dying twelve scholars and one instructor, and wounded many others. It was once the worst unmarried act of homicide at a college in U.S. historical past. Few humans knew Dylan Klebold or Eric Harris higher than Brooks Brown. Brown and Klebold have been most sensible associates in grade tuition, and years later, at Columbine, Brown used to be aware about a few of Harris and Klebolds darkest fantasies and such a lot troubling revelations. After the shootings, Brown was once even accused by means of the police of getting been in at the bloodbath just because he were pals with the killers.

Now, for the 1st time, Brown, with journalist Rob Merritt, will get to inform his complete model of the tale. He describes the symptoms that have been neglected or overlooked, and the facts that was once saved hidden from the general public after the murders. he is taking on those that say that rock track or games prompted Klebold and Harris to kill their classmates and explores what it could actually were that driven those younger males, from supposedly reliable households, to harbor such violent and apocalyptic dreams.

Shocking in addition to inspirational and insightful, No effortless Answers is an real serious warning call for all of the psychologists, specialists, mom and dad, and legislations enforcement body of workers who've tried to appreciate the murders at Columbine highschool. because the name indicates, the ebook deals no effortless solutions, yet as an alternative offers the unvarnished evidence approximately starting to be up as an alienated teen in the US today.

Brooks Brown graduated from Columbine highschool in 1999; this is often his first e-book. so much lately, Brooks labored and consulted on Michael Moores newest documentary referred to as Bowling for Columbine. He lives in Littleton, Colorado. Rob Merritt graduated from the collage of Iowa institution of Journalism in 1998 and at present works as a newspaper author in Marshalltown, Iowa.

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We were laughing. There was blood dripping from Kano's spine, and skin flaps hanging from his severed head. A pool of blood was forming on the ground. We weren't traumatized. We weren't crying. We were laughing—and we didn't feel bad, not one bit. Why? Why did three boys laugh at such a disturbing death? Why were young boys all over the nation laughing? Was this, as some would have you believe, really the beginning of the fall of Dylan Klebold? Mortal Kombat represented the beginning of violence as a selling point in video games.

We had the manual sitting there in front of us, stating the button configurations for each move the characters did. From Johnny Cage's Splits to Liu Kang's Fireball, we had the moves memorized before we even started playing. I chose to play as Scorpion. Aaron chose Sub-Zero. Dylan chose Kano. We were ready. By now, Mrs. Klebold had arrived at the house. My mom started the timer for our thirty minutes, and then she and Mrs. Klebold left us to it. Only two can fight at a time, so the three of us constantly rotated: the winner of a round took on the person who had sat out the last round.

The Klebolds recommended the school to my parents, noting that it had one 51 of the top ratings in the state and that Byron was very happy there. When my parents pulled me from Governor's Ranch at the end of the year, I was thrilled. I was the lone dropout from the third-grade CHIPS program, and proud of it; I was off to a new start at a new school. Dylan, however, stayed behind. I wonder sometimes why he never wanted to come along, considering that his brother was there and he was so unhappy with CHIPS.

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