To wear black is not a cry for help.
To make disturbing, and/or dark artwork is not a cry for help.
No, grabbing a gun, killing your grandparents, driving to school, and shooting your fellow students... that's a cry for help.
I personally wear lots of black. I have a black leather trenchcoat that goes down to my ankles, and I wear it often. If I had a dollar for every single individual that looks at me and decides I am either dangerous or messed up in the head merely because I wear black, I would be a rich man.
We live in a society where generalizations, stereotypes, and profiling run rampant. I am angry at Jeff Weise, because his actions are going to affect my life the same way the Columbine incident did: People are now going to associate my sense of style with ruthless killers. They're going to make wildly off base assumptions about me, that will affect the way they treat me. They're going to try to tell me, a grown man, to remove my trenchcoat in certain places because some mentally ill highschooler wearing one killed a few people.
However, I see a good thing about this killing, and that is the fact that people don't have anything to blame it on. Hopefully society is going to realize that the causes of incidents like these go way back into the life of the killer, their psychology, their childhood, and their peer groups. You can't point at Marilyn Manson or Doom or Counterstrike here, because there's nothing in the killings to link any such external influences to this.
This kid was fucked up in the head, mentally weak . He was probably treated like many kids are in the public school system today: poorly. Due to some pre-existing condition, and his lack of coping resources, his answer was to do what, in his mind, would repay all of his malefactors back times ten. You have here an occurence that is completely unavoidable with the way children are treated in schools and at home these days. Society wants to ignore all the fucked up shit it does to its members and blame their psychopathic killing sprees on other things like games, movies, books, and music... now it'll have to pay attention to what is so fucked up about itself. With what the average kid goes through during the highschool age these days, what with home life, peer groups and conformity issues, administrative abuse and mistreatment by teachers and principals, and discrimation from all sides... it is only inevitable that, by the law of averages, there are a few kids in the population of the world whose responses to these negative external conditions are to pick up a gun and start killing people. Honestly, does this shit surprise anyone any more? With what I knew of prevailing conditions in schools, with the way kids are treated and treat eachother, when I first caught wind of columbine my response was "yup. saw that coming."
How could I say this? Am I an angry person? No, I never formally attended a public or private highschool. I have been legally self taught since the age of nine. I have a perspective on public school social dynamics that is different. Never having been embroiled in the messes that perpetuate in the highschool environment, I have always been capable of observing highschool behavioral dynamics from a detached viewpoint. Thus, I was not surprised to find that some kids couldn't sit down and cope properly... the law of averages made it inevitable, that some day someone would be too mentally fucked up in the head to properly deal with the jock beating the shit out of them or the principal forcing them to wear certain clothing, or the teachers grading discriminatively against them.
Make no mistake, all of you: the environments prevailing today in highschools are disgusting, the attitudes held by students and administration alike are equally wrong headed.
This event is tragic, but it was in the coming, as is every school shooting in the future. They will become more common, they will get worse, and this will continue unabated until something is drastically changed in the way our education system works, and in the way parents raise their kids. Tolerance, acceptance, respect, and discipline are all things lacking in schools today, and were these factors present in any significant fashion in the social environments that have heretofore bred inimitable hate and rage, then none of these shootings would have happened.
If those kids walking through the halls viewed and treated eachother with respect, accepted eachother's differences in style, race, etcetera, tolerated the ill or the few who were disrespectful, and if they had the discipline to resist the urge to violence short of when it is absolutely necessary (This means: self defense), then I assert that none of this would have happened.
Too bad the United States is too ass-backwards to attempt to change the prevailing environment in schools today.