Jamie and Geoff do writing workshops all over the country in prisons, juvenile halls, and high schools, seeking out the kids who have no outlet to express their rage and pain. From their work, they wrote a play, “In Spite of Everything,” which toured around the globe and brought people together to discuss the uniquely horrific American tragedy that is school shootings. And from that play came this story.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had three months left of school. Dylan had been accepted into a college program. There was a moment they could have called it all off and went on like nothing happened. But they didn’t. They crossed the line no one should cross. Columbine was a horrific tragedy that made a lasting impact on America. It woke us all up, it made us remember there really is evil in the world, and it shook us to the core. Growing up in Colorado, I couldn’t ever have imagined anyone doing this. And yet it happened. And all the adults missed it. And none of us could fathom why or how it was even possible.
Jamie DeWolf and Geoff Trenchard had fantasies like Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris growing up, too. Hell, any kid who was having a rough go would occasionally imagine what they’d do if they could. I know I did. But it never occurred to me to actually take any action. It was just fantasy. So what made them different? What made them say, “Let’s go all the way with this”?
Jamie and Geoff tried to find out. They wanted to give a voice to alienated kids who don’t make the horrible choices Dylan and Eric made. They wanted to discover what drove these kids to such angry places and find a healthy outlet to help kids like them survive.
They say some pretty shocking things in this, but I urge you to listen all the way through. It’s pretty damn poignant.
TRIGGER WARNING: This re-enacts the tragic and violent events of that day and includes shootings and violence.
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