“They told wounded kids to quit crying; it will all be over soon, you’ll all be dead. Anyone who cried or moaned was shot again.” Survivors said they treated it like a video game.
Cassie Bernall, who was reading her Bible that day, was asked if she believed in God.
She replied: “There is a God, and you need to follow along God’s path.”
The shooter looked down at her and said, “There
is no God,” as he shot her in the head.
The district attorney, Dave Thomas, said “there were SWAT team people … weeping over what they saw.”
The Washington Post reported a diary “detailing the year- long plans for the killings, which the teenagers hoped would result in 500 people dead and end with them hijacking a plane and crashing into New York City.”
What turned two boys into callous murderers, utterly devoid of pity?
One year later a joint statement by The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Paediatrics, the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry stated:
“At this time, well over 1000 studies … point overwhelmingly to a causal connection between media violence and aggressive behaviour in some children.
The conclusion of the public health community, based on over 30 years of research, is that viewing entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values and behaviour, particularly in children. Its effects are measurable and long-lasting.”
Despite these findings there’s been no lessening of vio- lence in entertainment media.
One study reports, by the time a child reaches the age of 18, he or she will have seen 200,000 dramatized acts of violence and 40,000 dramatized murders on television.