The Mean Little ColumnLittleton
By The Mean Little Man
Here I am with time to write, and no
thoughts spring to mind. The TV is incomparably annoying...I am sick of the
whole Columbine mess! What a disgusting display the media has made of a
tragedy...but I'll tell you what, that town sickens me completely.
Before I go on let me say that what Klebold and Harris did
is unspeakable...they planned the systematic murder of as many people as could
be brought in their gun sights. And if their plans had gone completely as they
wished they would've blown the thing sky-high with a bomb timed to go off about
the same time there would have been scores of police and emergency workers in
But that town is not absolved of the guilt of creating the
What? the good people of Littleton? But they're saintly and
good people because... because... because they were shot at!
No one deserves to be shot at. No one deserves to be shot.
No one deserved what the two monsters did.
But something in that town ain't right.
Other things have happened in that town.
It's hard to believe that other children have been murdered
in that town.
Just this past Feb 15th two young people, 15 and 16, were
murdered in a local video store. Add to that the body of an 11-year-old was
found barely a mile from the school in a dumpster.
There is something wrong with this town. Lets see if we
can't backtrack. Reagan and Bush scale back funding for school programs across
the boards, leaving many schools only enough money for sports programs, which
is a religion in the peak-at-18 culture of the Midwest. Add to that the fact
that, even in dual-parent households, both parents work.
So what does this leave us with in America today? We have
the funds to cater to the athletic students, but not equal funds to foster the
creative and intelligent students. Without the after school programs you wind
up with a whole generation of intelligent and creative disenfranchised youths
that get to spend their afternoons bored and unsupervised.
Now take the more misfit of these students and sure as shit
they're going to be catching hell. Who's going to stand up for the misfit
student against the jock or the cheerleader? Why stand up for the outsider? Its
kinda their fault to begin with because they don't try hard enough to fit
When you run against the herd the herd runs against
So now you have bored unsupervised kids with unchanneled
high creativity and intelligence with a real grudge.
Klebold and Harris, murderers both, attacked types of
students. They went after those that bore the bloom of popularity either
through their religion, looks, or athletic ability. They were attacking what
the school and community held as the ideal in an attempt to attack the
community and school themselves.
Littleton created these two native sons. Littleton raised
I am surprised it does not happen more often. But it has
been happening all over the country.
My heart goes out to all the families, to the town and to
the loss of innocence of your children.
I am truly and completely sorry for your loss.
But I ask you America...what are we going to do?
First off why don't you yahoo's with guns teach some more
respect for them! Don't sell to criminals, don't sell to kids, and when you are
indoctrinating your children into the gun culture you teach them the cardinal
rule that you NEVER point it at a human being and you burn that into their
psyche with all the power you can muster under heaven!
Then, teach your kids a little more than how to hike a ball.
Teach them not to be bullies, but defenders of the bullied. If we all took
personal responsibility to use our voice not just to speak for ourselves but
for all around us whose voice is not as loud as ours. We should be protectors
of our fellow Americans, not oppressors.
Lets celebrate any extraordinary aspect of a person or a
teenager, not just their ability to excel in sports. Because they will peak at
Oversimplification? Possibly? But the simplest solution is
always the best. We just want it to be complicated so we can pass the buck to
someone else to get it done.
Littleton exposed a seething wound in this country. Our
youths are screwed up. Teens have always been screwed up, but now it is almost
completely unacceptable to be depressed or odd since we live in a culture of
To everyone in America: STOP BEING A BUNCH OF DICKS!
(To those of you who are not dicks, carry on.)
Hugs and Smooches!,
The Mean Little Man on 4-20-2000.
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