Five years after the murders at Columbine High School, film production students at Boulder High School made violent videos, which were shown on a local cable TV station. The superintendent says he’s “comfortable” with the videos, reports the Rocky Mountain News.
Videos produced this semester shown on a local community-access channel include scenes in which:
• One student urinates on another, who then bashes the assailant’s head in with a golf club after a lengthy chase.
• A shoplifter is chased by a man who shoots him in the back, then shoots him again as he lies on the ground, bleeding. In the last scene, the shooter steps in the pool of blood.
• Three students are shot dead after a fight that erupts during a game of dice. One student is shown bleeding from the crotch.
• A deranged man repeatedly stabs a woman as she cowers in her bed, screaming.
The teacher says the students were trying to parody violent TV and movies, but weren’t experienced enough to pull off the humor.
Violence is a cheap, easy way to get an effect. I’m not worried that students will go from video violence to the real thing. But it does seem bizarre to tolerate and reward this in an era when little kids are suspended for bringing tiny plastic GI Joe guns to school.