June 18, 2002
Dear Dr. Aronson,
As a parent of a Columbine High School student whose life was spared but forever changed by the events of April 20, 1999, I am compelled to write to thank you for your powerful book. In just a few short pages, you have summarized all that I have been feeling about the complexity of the events that preceded that horrific day. In addition, you have provided insight into how we can create healthy school environments so that such tragedies can become a thing of the past.
I must tell you that I almost didn't purchase your book. I have intentionally avoided all books and articles about Columbine because so many people have attempted to gather up the loose ends and tattered pieces of April 20th and then tie them up in ribbons of simplistic self-righteousness. However, for some reason, I trusted you and am so glad that I did. Your book offers deep insight into the situation, and actually suggests solutions that renounce the typical “pump-handle" responses. I believe that your simple strategies for classroom organization and interaction can truly make a difference.
Again, I thank you,
Carolyn L. Mears