USA Today is trying to tell the world that antidepressants played no part
in Columbine. The next day their lead story will be the revelation that the
world is really flat - that it is round is merely a myth!
Obviously we need as many of you as possible who can make it next week to
Denver for the 10 year Columbine anniversary to come!
How does a reporter miss a major lawsuit against the manufacturer of
Luvox?!! Where does he think a lot of what we have on Columbine came from?
Discovery in those lawsuits is where we get a lot of information. Anyway you can
see below what some of us have already posted on their site in response to
this most ridiculous article. (See article below)
You will also see that we are holding a press conference next week for the
Columbine anniversary. This will be an opportunity for families to get the
word out about their own tragedies. If you can come, please come and speak
out. This nightmare has got to end! How many more shootings can we handle?
The last few weeks have been unbelievable!
Anyone of you who have had a murder/suicide or suicide or any type of
violence related to antidepressants, please contact me immediately to come to
our press conference next week.
Anyone else who can help with funding for those families willing to come
that cannot afford to do so, please let me know as soon as possible also so
that we can make arrangements for them. We have family members of high
profile cases who are ready to come. Media attention for this issue is hard to
come by because all of the major advertisers for media are drug companies.
Take advantage of this opportunity to speak in behalf of your loved ones
and in behalf of those who died at Columbine as well. Those who are coming
need to print up your stories along with contact information for hand outs
Dr. Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
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Thank you to Rosie and Lisa for your previous corrections. I am not sure
what planet these reporters are on but it is not this one and certainly not
the one Eric and Dylan were on!!
Talk about a MAJOR MISTAKE in reporting!!! Not on antidepressants? Then I
wonder what that lawsuit filed by the first boy shot at Columbine against
the manufacturer of Luvox was all about? I can post his testimony before the
FDA here too asking why they did not protect him and those shot at
Columbine by keeping such deadly drugs off the market.
How do you possibly miss such a major piece of the puzzle as to why
Columbine happened?! You interviewed Jeff Kass who is well aware of this aspect
of the case since he followed the case against the drug maker and has
interviewed others involved in school shootings that involved antidepressants -
since the very large majority of school shootings do involve
antidepressants. In fact they are the most common link in all of these mass shootings
whether it be school or workplace violence. They are far too similar in action
to LSD and PCP.
You also could have interviewed Dylan's friend who came forward to say
that she was trying to help him get off both Zoloft AND Paxil. For some reason
someone thought it extremely important to seal Dylan's records - guess the
info coming out on Eric and his Zoloft and Luvox was bad enough. You would
not want to incite the public more by letting them know that BOTH boys
were on drugs now known to cause suicide in kids their age at 2-3 times the
normal rate. Not to mention that the antidepressants are also known to
produce homicidal ideation. ANTIDEPRESSANTS COME WITH THESE WARNINGS. You want a
confession? You have it! Just read the package inserts!
As for the gun issue go to our website at drugawareness.org and watch the
movie clip of Michael Moore after he learned about the Columbine connection
to antidepressants. He states loud and clear that in Bowling for Columbine
they looked at all the reasons why society said Columbine happened and
NONE of them made any sense. He then said that the only thing that made any
sense as to why and how Columbine happened were these drugs. He went on to say
that is how you take two well adjusted, high achieving kids and turn them
into murderous monsters. And after acting as an court expert in these cases
for two decades I can tell you he could not have said it better!
I would suggest a retraction and immediately, before the world sees how
poor your reporting is in this article. You could come to our Columbine Press
Conference next week and learn the truth to report.
Ann Blake Tracy, PhD, Executive Director,
International Coalition For Drug Awareness
Mark Taylor's testimony before the FDA 9/13/2004
I am Mark Allen Taylor and I am a victim of the SSRI antidepressant era. I
took six to thirteen bullets in the heart area in the Columbine High
School shooting when Eric Harris on Luvox opened fire that now infamous day.
They almost had to amputate my leg and my arm. My heart missed by only one
millimeter. I had three surgeries. Five years later I am still
I went through all this to realize that SSRI antidepressants are dangerous
for those who take them and for all those who associate with those who
I hope that my testimony today shows you that you need to take action
immediately before more innocent people like me, and you, do not get hurt or
die horrible deaths as a result.
As Americans we should have the right to feel safe and if you were doing
your job we would be safe. Why are we worrying about terrorists in other
countries when the pharmaceutical companies have proven to be our biggest
terrorists by releasing these drugs on an unsuspecting public?
How are we suppose to feel safe at school, at home, on the street, at
church or anywhere else if we cannot trust the FDA to do what we are paying you
to do? Where were you when I and all of my classmates got shot at
You say that antidepressants are effective. So why did they not help Eric
Harris before he shot me?
According to Eric they "helped" him to feel homicidal and suicidal after
only six weeks on Zoloft. And then he said that dropping off Luvox cold
turkey would help him "fuel the rage" he needed to shoot everyone. But he
continued on Luvox and shot us all anyway.
So, why did these so called antidepressants not make him better? I will
tell you why. It is because they do not work.
We should consider antidepressants to be accomplices to murder.
Lisa wrote: 3h 26m ago
Dear Mr. Toppo,
I had been interviewed by you on Oct 6,2006 at the White House Conference
on School Safety (that President Bush had assembled after the rash of
school shootings)As you know Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and I had a
conversation in regards to the role antidepressants have in school shootings.
Eric Harris was prescribed Zoloft, the Zoloft had been discontinued due to
Eric suffering from homicidal?suicidal thoughts. At the time of the Columbine
Tragedy, Eric was taking the antidepressant LUVOX ( "200mg to be exact")
CDC confirmed this at the Conference. As far as Dylan Klebold is concerned,
one will never know. The Coroner never tested him for prescription drugs,
just alcohol and illicit drugs. I found you to be a kind and inquisitive
reporter. Its a shame you failed to do your homework.
Rosie wrote: 1h 56m ago
Why does it say that the Columbine shooters were not on antidepressants.
This is incorrect. The autopsy report showed that Eric Harris was on the
SSRI antidepressant Luvox at the time of the rampage and that he had a
therapeutic does in his system.
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COLUMBINE: 10 YEARS LATER
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1999 yearbook photos of Eric Harris, right, and Dylan Klebold, the gunmen
from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., that left 13 dead and many
others wounded that year.
TIPS FOR MOM AND DAD
Parents and even private citizens with no link to a child can help
prevent school shootings, says Peter Langman, a psychologist and the author of
Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters (Palgrave Macmillan).
Here are some of his suggestions:
Set limits on your child's privacy. Keep open communication. Know your
child's friends, what he does, what websites he visits. If there is a
preoccupation with weapons or violent scenarios in journals, he may need help
from a counselor.
Pay attention to school warnings. If the school contacts you with
concerns about your child's violent stories or class presentations, he may be
depressed or enraged and need help. These "red flags" have been noticed by
teachers before school shootings, but parents rebuffed school officials.
Eliminate easy access to guns at home.
Recognize possible rehearsals of attacks.Some school shooters have done
drawings, animations and videos or written stories in advance that depicted
Stay alert to possible signs of future trouble. Private citizens have
foiled rampage killings by youths. Among them: a clerk in a photo shop who
noticed photos of a teenager with an arsenal of guns and someone who found a
notebook with plans for a high school shooting in a parking lot. If you
notice a possible threat, promptly notify the police.
Patrick Ireland, who was severely wounded in the Columbine shooting,
was helped out of a school window by members of the FBI.
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They weren't goths or loners.
The two teenagers who killed 13 people and themselves at suburban Denver's
Columbine High School 10 years ago next week weren't in the "Trenchcoat
Mafia," disaffected videogamers who wore cowboy dusters. The killings
ignited a national debate over bullying, but the record now shows Eric Harris and
Dylan Klebold hadn't been bullied in fact, they had bragged in diaries
about picking on freshmen and "fags."
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LESSONS FROM COLUMBINE: More security and outreach
PROGRAMS: _How schools, parents, citizens help prevent violence_
Their rampage put schools on alert for "enemies lists" made by troubled
students, but the enemies on their list had graduated from Columbine a year
earlier. Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren't on
antidepressant medication and didn't target jocks, blacks or Christians, police now
say, citing the killers' journals and witness accounts. That story about a
student being shot in the head after she said she believed in God? Never
happened, the FBI says now.
A decade after Harris and Klebold made Columbine a synonym for rage, new
information including several books that analyze the tragedy through
diaries, e-mails, appointment books, videotape, police affidavits and
interviews with witnesses, friends and survivors indicate that much of what the
public has been told about the shootings is wrong.
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In fact, the pair's suicidal attack was planned as a grand if badly
implemented terrorist bombing that quickly devolved into a 49-minute
shooting rampage when the bombs Harris built fizzled.
"He was so bad at wiring those bombs, apparently they weren't even close
to working," says Dave Cullen, author ofColumbine, a new account of the
So whom did they hope to kill?
Everyone including friends.
What's left, after peeling away a decade of myths, is perhaps more
comforting than the "good kids harassed into retaliation" narrative or perhaps
It's a portrait of Harris and Klebold as a sort of In Cold Bloodcriminal
duo a deeply disturbed, suicidal pair who over more than a year psyched
each other up for an Oklahoma City-style terrorist bombing, an apolitical,
over-the-top revenge fantasy against years of snubs, slights and cruelties,
real and imagined.
Along the way, they saved money from after-school jobs, took Advanced
Placement classes, assembled a small arsenal and fooled everyone friends,
parents, teachers, psychologists, cops and judges.
"These are not ordinary kids who were bullied into retaliation,"
psychologist Peter Langman writes in his new book, Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds
of School Shooters. "These are not ordinary kids who played too many video
games. These are not ordinary kids who just wanted to be famous. These are
simplynot ordinary kids. These are kids with serious psychological
Deceiving the adults
Harris, who conceived the attacks, was more than just troubled. He was,
psychologists now say, a cold-blooded, predatory psychopath a smart,
charming liar with "a preposterously grand superiority complex, a revulsion for
authority and an excruciating need for control," Cullen writes.
Harris, a senior, read voraciously and got good grades when he tried,
pleasing his teachers with dazzling prose then writing in his journal about
"I referred to him and I'm dating myself as the Eddie Haskel of
Columbine High School," says Principal Frank DeAngelis, referring to the
deceptively polite teen on the 1950s and '60s sitcom Leave it to Beaver. "He was
the type of kid who, when he was in front of adults, he'd tell you what you
wanted to hear."
When he wasn't, he mixed napalm in the kitchen .
According to Cullen, one of Harris' last journal entries read: "I hate you
people for leaving me out of so many fun things. And no don't say, 'Well
that's your fault,' because it isn't, you people had my phone #, and I
asked and all, but no. No no no don't let the weird-looking Eric KID come
As he walked into the school the morning of April 20, Harris' T-shirt
read: Natural Selection.
Klebold, on the other hand, was anxious and lovelorn, summing up his life
at one point in his journal as "the most miserable existence in the history
of time," Langman notes.
Harris drew swastikas in his journal; Klebold drew hearts.
As laid out in their writings, the contrast between the two was stark.
Harris seemed to feel superior to everyone he once wrote, "I feel like
God and I wish I was, having everyone being OFFICIALLY lower than me"
while Klebold was suicidally depressed and getting angrier all the time. "Me is
a god, a god of sadness," he wrote in September 1997, around his 16th
Klebold also was paranoid. "I have always been hated, by everyone and
everything," he wrote.
On the day of the attacks, his T-shirt read: Wrath.
Shooter profiles emerge
Columbine wasn't the first K-12 school shooting. But at the time it was by
far the worst, and the first to play out largely on live television.
The U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Education Department soon began studying
school shooters. In 2002, researchers presented their first findings:
School shooters, they said, followed no set profile, but most were depressed
and felt persecuted.
Princeton sociologist Katherine Newman, co-author of the 2004 book
Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings, says young people such as Harris
and Klebold are not loners they're just not accepted by the kids who count.
"Getting attention by becoming notorious is better than being a failure."
The Secret Service found that school shooters usually tell other kids
about their plans.
"Other students often even egg them on," says Newman, who led a
congressionally mandated study on school shootings. "Then they end up with this
escalating commitment. It's not a sudden snapping."
Langman, whose book profiles 10 shooters, including Harris and Klebold,
found that nine suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts, a
"potentially dangerous" combination, he says. "It is hard to prevent murder when
killers do not care if they live or die. It is like trying to stop a suicide
At the time, Columbine became a kind of giant national Rorschach test.
Observers saw its genesis in just about everything: lax parenting, lax gun
laws, progressive schooling, repressive school culture, violent video games,
antidepressant drugs and rock 'n' roll, for starters.
Many of the Columbine myths emerged before the shooting stopped, as
rumors, misunderstandings and wishful thinking swirled in an echo chamber among
witnesses, survivors, officials and the news media.
Police contributed to the mess by talking to reporters before they knew
facts a hastily called news conference by the Jefferson County sheriff that
afternoon produced the first headline: "Twenty-five dead in Colorado."
A few inaccuracies took hours to clear up, but others took weeks or months
sometimes years as authorities reluctantly set the record straight.
Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Jeff Kass, author of a new book,
Columbine: A True Crime Story, says police played a game of "Open Records
In one case, county officials took five years just to acknowledge that
they had met in secret after the attacks to discuss a 1998 affidavit for a
search warrant on Harris' home it was the result of a complaint against him
by the mother of a former friend. Harris had threatened her son on his
website and bragged that he had been building bombs.
Police already had found a small bomb matching Harris' description near
his home but investigators never presented the affidavit to a judge.
They also apparently didn't know that Harris and Klebold were on probation
after having been arrested in January 1998 for breaking into a van and
The search finally took place, but only after the shootings.
What's now beyond dispute largely from the killers' journals, which have
been released over the past few years, is this: Harris and Klebold killed
13 and wounded 24, but they had hoped to kill thousands.
The pair planned the attacks for more than a year, building 100 bombs and
persuading friends to buy them guns. Just after 11 a.m. on April 20, they
lugged a pair of duffel bags containing propane-tank bombs into Columbine's
crowded cafeteria and another into the kitchen, then stepped outside and
Had the bombs exploded, they'd have killed virtually everyone eating lunch
and brought the school's second-story library down atop the cafeteria,
police say. Armed with a pistol, a rifle and two sawed-off shotguns, the pair
planned to pick off survivors fleeing the carnage.
As a last terrorist act, a pair of gasoline bombs planted in Harris' Honda
and Klebold's BMW had been rigged apparently to kill police, rescue teams,
journalists and parents who rushed to the school long after the pair
expected they would be dead.
The pair had parked the cars about 100 yards apart in the student lot. The
bombs didn't go off.
Looking for answers at home
Since 1999, many people have looked to the boys' parents for answers, but
a transcript of their 2003 court-ordered deposition to the victims' parents
remains sealed until 2027.
The Klebolds spoke to New York Times columnist David Brooks in 2004 and
impressed Brooks as "a well-educated, reflective, highly intelligent
couple" who spent plenty of time with their son. They said they had no clues
about Dylan's mental state and regretted not seeing that he was suicidal.
Could the parents have prevented the massacre? The FBI special agent in
charge of the investigation has gone on record as having "the utmost
sympathy" for the Harris and Klebold families.
"They have been vilified without information," retired supervisory special
agent Dwayne Fuselier tells Cullen.
Cullen, who has spent most of the past decade poring over the record,
comes away with a bit of sympathy.
For one thing, he notes, Harris' parents "knew they had a problem they
thought they were dealing with it. What kind of parent is going to think,
'Well, maybe Eric's a mass murderer.' You just don't go there."
He got a good look at the boys' writings only in the past couple of years.
Among the revelations: Eric Harris was financing what could well have been
the biggest domestic terrorist attack on U.S. soil on wages from a
part-time job at a pizza parlor.
"One of the scary things is that money was one of the limiting factors
here," Cullen says.
Had Harris, then 18, put off the attacks for a few years and landed a
well-paying job, he says, "he could be much more like Tim McVeigh," mixing
fertilizer bombs like those used in Oklahoma City in 1995.As it was, he says,
the fact that Harris carried out the attack when he did probably saved
hundreds of lives.
"His limited salary probably limited the number of people who died."