Columbine Shooters Essay

1220 Words Nov 17th, 2008 5 Pages

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This paper is going to explore what effect the labeling theory had in regards to the tragedy at Columbine High School. Were these two students labeled, to what extent and how if any did this labeling affect the events that took place in Jefferson county that fateful day. The events that took place April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School
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After the bombs went off they planned to gun down the fleeing survivors. There were explosives set in cars and one in a nearby field intended to wipe out as many police and resuce people as possible. Harris and Klebold came from middle class families with what would be considered as good parents. They had a close circle of friends and a larger circle of friends. They both held down part time jobs at a local pizzeria. They boys were a part of the juvenile system they had been arrested in 1998 for breaking into a van and stealing tools. Both boys avoided prosecution by participating in a “diversion program” that involved counseling and community service. Both of the boys feigned regret to obtain an early release. Harris had even written a letter to his victim offering empathy rather than just apologies. This is believed to be done solely for manipulation of the system rather than any type of remorse. Just after writing the letter Harris wrote in his journal his feelings regarding the theft. Harris was described as a sweet faced nice kid but in actuality is believed to be a psychopath he fits all the characteristics such as patterns of grandiosity, glibness, contempt lack of empathy and the feeling of superiority . This begins to explain Harris callous behavior, the fact that not only did he shoot his victims but would stop to taunt them as they writhed

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