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lazerdoesfeminism: kids shouldn’t feel the need to befriend people just to avoid being murdered, that’s not how we solve this: Rebecca Wald 15 Mar at 13:24 The myth that school shooters are outcasts fighting back against bullies dates back to Columbine. At the time it was widely reported that Harris and Klebold were social rejects, and much was made of the meanness of popular kids. But the FBI concluded that Harris was a full-on psychopath, and that kids didn't like the boys because they did creepy things like walking around giving the Nazi salute. Even so, a few days before the attack Klebold took a date to the prom, crammed into a limo with a dozen friends. Still the myth persists. Walk Up, Not Out" is a campaign of cowardice, promoted by adults who want there to be a solution to school shootings that asks literally nothing of us. No tough choices, no exercise of political will, no speaking out to power - just ecturing kids on how to do better. We're good at that. It's also worth noting that only certain kids are privileged by this narrative. You've never seen moralizing Facebook posts arguing that if only the popular girls would sit down next to that Latino kid in the cafeteria, he wouldn't join MS-13. No. This argument only applies to crimes overwhelmingly committed by white boys. Their crimes are tragic betrayals of an underlying innocence that is never attributed to black boys selling drugs on the corner. lazerdoesfeminism: kids shouldn’t feel the need to befriend people just to avoid being murdered, that’s not how we solve this
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