WANT TO KNOW WHY SCHOOL SHOOTINGS HAPPEN?
THEN READ THIS BOOK.
COMICS AND COLUMBINE is the story of the school shooter who didn't shoot. The book, a true story, chronicles the life and experiences of an autistic student bullied to the point of snapping by his peers. An outcast targeted by entire classrooms, and even by his teachers. Scarred by his experiences the author grows into an adult nurturing a lifelong anger against all things educational. This ‘shared thinking’ of the school shooter has gifted him with a unique insight into the slaughter we are witnessing in our schools today.
For the first time we have a book written from the viewpoint of the classroom avenger. COMICS AND COLUMBINE reveals the hidden viciousness and professional incompetence at the core of the educational experience, an incompetence that allows school pariahs to be subjected to such astounding brutalities, often in plain sight. The book is an insider's look at this problem, a step by step chronicle of the development and pathology of the school shooter's thinking, one that highlights the “socially acceptable” evils that all too often drive our own children to carry out these atrocities. In addition, it offers practical solutions to the problem based on a personal understanding of the anger and desperation that motivates these attacks.
“In this angry, tender, and extraordinary work, Thomas Campbell writes with fierce immediacy from the cultural ultra-violet of the Asperger spectrum, allowing us a crucial glimpse into the emotional gulag to which we thoughtlessly sentence thousands daily, and perhaps moderating our disingenuous surprise when another awkward loner takes an assault rifle to class for Show and Tell. Written with a lucid honesty, unafraid of its own unavoidable subjectivity. Comics and Columbine is the slap in the face that we badly needed and deserved, delivered in a clear and ringing voice from the white-hot heart of the experience. It is a voice that we ignore to our considerable loss, and at our considerable peril. Campbell has written what in my opinion is a beautiful narrative about an irredeemably ugly subject. I really cannot recommend this vital and necessary book too strongly.”
-Alan Moore, Author of Watchmen/ V for Vendetta/ From Hell
“An important subject!”
-Clive Barker, Author/Director of Hellraiser/ Nightbreed/ Lords of Illusion
Accompanied by over 60 illustrations.
The author opens the book with an anecdote about severe bullying and abuse at his secondary school.
From chapter Four: "Sticks and Stones".
A game of football is no fun when you are the ball.
From chapter Six: "Siege mentality".
The author barely escapes a potentially fatal assault in a PE changing room.
From chapter Seven: "The Wanderer".
Escaping the escalating brutality of school, the outcast boy takes refuge in abandoned buildings to hone his art skills.
From chapter Eight: "Carrie White burns in hell".
Steven Shepherd, age eleven. Britain's earliest recorded case of bullycide. This chapter explores the mechanisms by which society allows such abuse to be inflicted in plain sight.
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From chapter Nine: "Stanford".
This chapter expands on the conclusions of the previous by drawing comparisons between school and the notorious Stanford prison experiment.
From chapter Eleven: "Critical Mass".
The legendary bile of the Art teacher is unleashed.
From chapter Thirteen: "Dots, dots... and more dots".
Poisoned by his school experiences, the author begins the torturous slide into mental illness.
From chapter Twenty: "Kill them all".
The author becomes obsessed by fantasies of butchering his former classmates and teachers.
From chapter Twenty Four: "Not rage, outrage".
The children are waking up. This chapter examines the growing conviction on the part of the young that they are being betrayed by the adult society around them.
From Chapter Twenty Two: "Confessions of a hater".
Monsters to some, heroes to others. This chapter explores the mindset of the hater and the desire to idolise and even emulate such killers.
THE ART TEACHER
EVER DARKENING TERRITORY
THE COLUMBINE KILLERS
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