One of the things at the park I visited yesterday is a memorial to the infamous Columbine school shooting. In fact you can see Columbine school from the park, there actually right next to each other and the memorial is pretty much right behind the school.
The memorial was to say the least very moving, and it brought back memories that I had just as soon forget. Even though I was living in the mountains 70 miles from Denver at the time it was such a horrific event it affected everyone in this lightly populated state.
If you had to pick a location for such a terrible tragedy to happen, Columbine would be at the bottom of your list. It's an area of upper-middle-class homes with trimmed shrubbery, flowerbeds, and shiny new cars in the driveways. Clean streets, and manicured medians are everywhere you go. There are no signs that pure evil could live and flourish in a place like this.
But flourish it did and now the country is paying the price for the media making the perpetrators of this heinous crime famous and worthy of worship by thousands of disaffected and marginalized teens all across the country, who see an attack on unprotected schools as a way to become as famous as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. And dying in the process will give them status among their peers rather than simply taking their own life in a way that is easily ignored by the press.