Just to remind people how the media likes to use teenagers after a school shooting.
Typical Media Attack strategies:
Step 1: Interviews with Photogentic Bystandards. Generally, the media will pick some popular blond girl with no accent. Typically, a popular kid, a jock, or a cheerleader. Heaven forbid we interview a nerd, a geek, or a goth.
Step 2: Pidgeon Holing: "He was a quiet kid. He was an introvert. He was a goth kid. He was strange. He did wierd things." The media doesn't understand that just because you don't fit the mold, doesn't make you a potential threat.
Step 3: Blaming Technology: "He played video games, used the comptuer alot. He liked to create violent drawings/videos/pictures." As apposed to beating up someone because they don't have a Letter jacket? The technology excuse also makes TV and Raido look altrusitic. The new media, espically the internet, is a threat to them. As more people turn on their computers, more people turn off their TVs and raidos.
Step 4: Blaming Viewpoints: "He was trying to be evil. He was into Satanism. He admired Hitler." This is generic media bias. And why is it that every creed that is not Christan, Jewish, or Muslim is Satanism? Buddism isn't evil. Neither is Wicca. The only religion that worships Satan is Satanism.
Step 5: Blaming Conditions and Hobbies: "He was taking antidepresants. He liked using guns." Again, generic media bias. Using the names of the make and model of the used objects are instant self promotion. Kinda like that popular kid they inteviewed wearing clothes with corporate logos.
Step 6: Blaming Style/Non-mainstream Music Genres: "He liked listening to Industrial/Heavy Metal/Goth music. He liked listening to Marylin Manson." Manson is not goth. Morressy is goth. Emo, Nu Metal, and Poppunk are also not goth. In fact, what the hell does music have to do with random acts of violence comitted by stupid assholes like Weis?
Step 7: Blaming Religon/Politics: "He didn't have the love of Christ in his life. He worshiped some other religion. This is a conspiracy run by __Insert_Generic_Political_Party_Here__ " News flash: God doesn't give a damn. ("Not everyone wants to be saved. Not eveyone SHOULD be saved." --Bobby Gaylore.)