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July 6th, 2006, 04:50 PM
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I think they should not be made public only because of copy-cats. There is so much media about school shootings happening all over the country.
Now as far as releasing the journals and stuff to the families of the victims, I am all for that. It won't bring their loved ones back but might be able to understand what was going through these 2 teenagers minds when they did this. Since the 2 responsible for this are dead and gone, they have no answers.
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July 6th, 2006, 05:33 PM
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Yeah I read that in the Denver Post today... they are the ones who requested that it be released five years ago. I really don't know how I feel on this topic. It happened less than twenty minutes from my house, and I remember being locked down at school and not knowing what was happening. I remember watching the news when they sent us home, and watching all the kids run out of the building and KNOWING that it was happening in my city, a few miles away from my home. I've been to the cemetaries where those who died are buried. It invokes so many emotions in me, because I know those who knew those who died, and are still reeling from it, seven years later. I've watched the cafeteria security camera videos on the news, and it's some of the craziest things I've ever seen. A few weeks ago, Bill Clinton came into town and pledged $100,000 for the memorial that they are finally trying to get built.

Now I'm rambling... I'll admit, I AM curious about what Eric and Dylan wrote, and how their minds worked. It was a tragedy, and I am glad that now some will see what the warning signs are through their writings. But then again, I am worried about copycats... but there have been threatened copycats and those copycats who have gone through with it before the journals were even going to be released. I am really not sure if the journals and such will truly increase the copycats or not.

Also, they are not releasing everything... the sheriff's department has videos, but they are not releasing those.
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July 6th, 2006, 05:45 PM
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They seem to have made the right choice. The documents are not jammed full of information, according to the article:

The documents to be released include messages written in yearbooks by Klebold and Harris, but most of the documents are "largely irrelevant and innocuous, consisting mostly of school work,"[/b]
And I definitely agree with this part:

Attorneys for the sheriff’s department said that Mink was "unwilling to be an accomplice" by releasing tapes that he found "deeply disturbing." The filing explained, "The tapes are a manifesto authored by Harris and Klebold, in which the two call out to other adolescents to commit similar heinous acts. Their dying wish was that these tapes would be distributed and spread across the Internet."[/b]
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July 7th, 2006, 07:48 AM
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Release everything...
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July 7th, 2006, 07:51 AM
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I think it could be beneficial to everyone. I'm not saying it won't be excrutiating for the families involved, but this is something that affected our whole country. I think if ONE person can gain from what those kids put down on paper...that's a positive thing. If done properly...people can learn from it.

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July 7th, 2006, 10:00 AM
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I would be more supportive of them releasing the "manifesto" tapes if they did so by transcript instead of releasing the actual tapes to the public. I also wouldn't mind if people wishing to research the event, with the proper credentials, would be able to get permission (via some process) to view the tapes.
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