Comment of the Day

Reader: Columbine tragedy still resonates because being an American teen sucks

When sharing our recent post about Natalie Carpenter, a Connecticut teen jailed for making threats against schools apparently inspired by the Columbine tragedy, we asked why so many remain obsessed with the shooting nearly fifteen years after it happened. Readers responded with plenty of passionate theories, including this one.

Mario Cianca Betancourt writes:

To be a teenager sucks. In this country, teens can't drink, can't go to most venues, are kicked out from places. Are treated like stupid kids. Unfortunately, lots of kids feel the same desperation, loneliness and anger of Columbine's. Instead of pointing fingers at these kids, we should ask, "What's society doing wrong? What are parents doing wrong?"

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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