In one bloody afternoon one 18-year-old boy shot and killed 19 elementary students and two teachers. For this boy, guns were convenient weapons. He could have used another method. As horrible as it is to contemplate, he could have loaded cans of gasoline into his car and rammed a loaded bus as it left the school.

It is more important to know the factors that led this 18-year-old to commit this terrible deed than to know how he did it. To what extent was the use of alcohol and drugs a factor in his behavior? To what extent were drugs and alcohol used by household members and his friends? To what extent were videos and literature an influence in his life? What other factors may have influenced this boy to kill?

We want to lessen the possibilities of similar events. The question is, “At what point do we want to intercede?”

Doug May, Socorro

Doug May