The best years of their lives


Were stick-figure drawings the 10-year old equivalent of the guns and bombs in Columbine?

Sometimes you read stuff and you don't know whether it makes you mad or sad. The Grapes of Wrath is one of those things. This story is another . At this point, however, I am leaning more towards mad because I have a sneaking suspicion that the whole story isn't being told. Why did these two "special needs" kids feel that they had to get revenge on "Charlie" through the only method they had - crayons and art? Were they bullied and picked on because they are "different"? Was Charlie the ringleader of a group who made their school days miserable? Were the stick-figure drawings the 10-year old equivalent of the guns and bombs that the kids in Columbine used?

Sadly, we will probably never know. Society, schools, teachers, and the media never seem to cast the first stone towards the "cool kids" ... it is a lot easier to blame the outcasts and the disenchanted for being architects of their own misery.

Posted: Thu - January 27, 2005 at 05:33 PM        


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