Friday, April 21, 2006

How one small town gets to commemorate Columbine

Bomb threat at Knoxville Jr. High

This is in Knoxville, Illinois.

There have been rumors of threats having been made at a number of different schools in the region, most of which have a student population of somewhere upwards of 300 yet under 1500. I suspect it's the usual adolescent jackassery, but in this day and age, we can't count on every idiot being merely a prankster. After all, between the ages of 12 and 25 are the most volatile years in a person's life, and teens do have (a) a tendency toward extreme behaviors -- including violence -- and (b) access to a whole lot of information on how to do large damage. And, after all, Columbine High School was, if I recall, one of the largest schools to suffer its sort of harm.

I'll be interested in seeing what kind of coverage the investigation gets by the local media.

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