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The Columbine Effect
Beth Winegarner, Author of The Columbine Effect and Sacred Sonoma
Original Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014


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Columbine High School shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold weren’t goth kids who played more Doom than their classmates. But after news outlets reported they were, teen goths and gamers felt the backlash for years. As police and journalists have rushed to explain other unthinkable massacres, heavy metal music, paganism, Satanism, occult practices and role-playing games have unfairly gotten caught in the crossfire. Adolescents’ brains may still be developing, but they recognize the rich benefits of pastimes adults have deemed dangerous. The Columbine Effect is filled with teens’ stories of self-discovery and healing – and the research to back them up. It reveals how we arrived at such gross misunderstandings of common but controversial interests. The Columbine Effect is the book that will make us stop blaming teen violence on the wrong things – and help us understand how Slayer, Satanism and Grand Theft Auto can be a healthy part of growing up.

Beth Winegarner is an author, journalist, poet, blogger, and mom. Her journalism has appeared in numerous publications including the New Yorker, Wired, Mother Jones, USA Today, and the San Francisco Examiner. She’s authored several books, including Beloved, Read the Music: Essays on Sound, and Sacred Sonoma.


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