Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

12 Mar 2001, 5:22 a.m.

I was wrong. She's a girl, in a private school.

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

So sue me. I said that shootings only happen in public schools, and that the shooters are always boys.

Elizabeth Bush, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA, fired shots in her private school (Bishop Neumann High School). It's pretty frightening. The only one shot was the head cheerleader, who allegedly was one of a clique that mocked the outcasts whom Elizabeth defended. I feel a lot more disturbingly visceral empathy with Elizabeth than I did with Dylan, Eric, et al.

Poll: With whom do you empathize more?

  • Elizabeth, the shooter
  • Kimberly, the shot

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