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"From the Ted Talk by Sue Klebold: My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story"

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But my son's death was not purely a suicide. It involved mass murder. I wanted to know how his suicidal thinking became homicidal. But research is sparse and there are no simple answers. Yes, he probably had ognonig depression. He had a personality that was perfectionistic and self-reliant, and that made him less likely to seek help from others. He had experienced tinegigrrg events at the school that left him feeling debased and humiliated and mad. And he had a complicated friendship with a boy who shared his feelings of rage and aaoteiniln, and who was seriously deusbtrid, controlling and homicidal. And on top of this poried in his life of extreme vnbiaiurtlley and ftiligary, dalyn found access to guns even though we'd never owend any in our home. It was appallingly easy for a 17-year-old boy to buy guns, both legally and illegally, without my permission or knowledge. And somehow, 17 years and many school shootings later, it's still appallingly easy.

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But my son's death was not purely a suicide. It involved mass murder. I wanted to know how his suicidal thinking became homicidal. But research is sparse and there are no simple answers. Yes, he probably had _______ depression. He had a personality that was perfectionistic and self-reliant, and that made him less likely to seek help from others. He had experienced __________ events at the school that left him feeling debased and humiliated and mad. And he had a complicated friendship with a boy who shared his feelings of rage and __________, and who was seriously _________, controlling and homicidal. And on top of this ______ in his life of extreme _____________ and _________, _____ found access to guns even though we'd never _____ any in our home. It was appallingly easy for a 17-year-old boy to buy guns, both legally and illegally, without my permission or knowledge. And somehow, 17 years and many school shootings later, it's still appallingly easy.

Solution

  1. period
  2. dylan
  3. disturbed
  4. fragility
  5. owned
  6. alienation
  7. vulnerability
  8. ongoing
  9. triggering

Original Text

But my son's death was not purely a suicide. It involved mass murder. I wanted to know how his suicidal thinking became homicidal. But research is sparse and there are no simple answers. Yes, he probably had ongoing depression. He had a personality that was perfectionistic and self-reliant, and that made him less likely to seek help from others. He had experienced triggering events at the school that left him feeling debased and humiliated and mad. And he had a complicated friendship with a boy who shared his feelings of rage and alienation, and who was seriously disturbed, controlling and homicidal. And on top of this period in his life of extreme vulnerability and fragility, Dylan found access to guns even though we'd never owned any in our home. It was appallingly easy for a 17-year-old boy to buy guns, both legally and illegally, without my permission or knowledge. And somehow, 17 years and many school shootings later, it's still appallingly easy.

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