USA Today is trying to tell the world that antidepressants played no part in Columbine

USA Today is trying to tell the world that antidepressants played no part in Columbine

Joined: August 3rd, 2004, 1:23 pm

April 14th, 2009, 8:07 am #1




USA Today is trying to tell the world that antidepressants played no part
in Columbine. The next day their lead story will be the revelation that the
world is really flat - that it is round is merely a myth!

Obviously we need as many of you as possible who can make it next week to
Denver for the 10 year Columbine anniversary to come!

How does a reporter miss a major lawsuit against the manufacturer of
Luvox?!! Where does he think a lot of what we have on Columbine came from?
Discovery in those lawsuits is where we get a lot of information. Anyway you can
see below what some of us have already posted on their site in response to
this most ridiculous article. (See article below)

You will also see that we are holding a press conference next week for the
Columbine anniversary. This will be an opportunity for families to get the
word out about their own tragedies. If you can come, please come and speak
out. This nightmare has got to end! How many more shootings can we handle?
The last few weeks have been unbelievable!

Anyone of you who have had a murder/suicide or suicide or any type of
violence related to antidepressants, please contact me immediately to come to
our press conference next week.

Anyone else who can help with funding for those families willing to come
that cannot afford to do so, please let me know as soon as possible also so
that we can make arrangements for them. We have family members of high
profile cases who are ready to come. Media attention for this issue is hard to
come by because all of the major advertisers for media are drug companies.
Take advantage of this opportunity to speak in behalf of your loved ones
and in behalf of those who died at Columbine as well. Those who are coming
need to print up your stories along with contact information for hand outs
for reporters.

Dr. Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
Website: _www.drugawareness.org_ http://www.drugawareness.org/) &
_www.ssristories.com_ http://www.ssristories.com/)
Author: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? - Our Serotonin Nightmare
& CD or audio tape on safe withdrawal: "Help! I Can't Get
Off My Antidepressant!"
Order Number: 800-280-0730
__________________________________________________

Thank you to Rosie and Lisa for your previous corrections. I am not sure
what planet these reporters are on but it is not this one and certainly not
the one Eric and Dylan were on!!

Talk about a MAJOR MISTAKE in reporting!!! Not on antidepressants? Then I
wonder what that lawsuit filed by the first boy shot at Columbine against
the manufacturer of Luvox was all about? I can post his testimony before the
FDA here too asking why they did not protect him and those shot at
Columbine by keeping such deadly drugs off the market.

How do you possibly miss such a major piece of the puzzle as to why
Columbine happened?! You interviewed Jeff Kass who is well aware of this aspect
of the case since he followed the case against the drug maker and has
interviewed others involved in school shootings that involved antidepressants -
since the very large majority of school shootings do involve
antidepressants. In fact they are the most common link in all of these mass shootings
whether it be school or workplace violence. They are far too similar in action
to LSD and PCP.

You also could have interviewed Dylan's friend who came forward to say
that she was trying to help him get off both Zoloft AND Paxil. For some reason
someone thought it extremely important to seal Dylan's records - guess the
info coming out on Eric and his Zoloft and Luvox was bad enough. You would
not want to incite the public more by letting them know that BOTH boys
were on drugs now known to cause suicide in kids their age at 2-3 times the
normal rate. Not to mention that the antidepressants are also known to
produce homicidal ideation. ANTIDEPRESSANTS COME WITH THESE WARNINGS. You want a
confession? You have it! Just read the package inserts!

As for the gun issue go to our website at drugawareness.org and watch the
movie clip of Michael Moore after he learned about the Columbine connection
to antidepressants. He states loud and clear that in Bowling for Columbine
they looked at all the reasons why society said Columbine happened and
NONE of them made any sense. He then said that the only thing that made any
sense as to why and how Columbine happened were these drugs. He went on to say
that is how you take two well adjusted, high achieving kids and turn them
into murderous monsters. And after acting as an court expert in these cases
for two decades I can tell you he could not have said it better!

I would suggest a retraction and immediately, before the world sees how
poor your reporting is in this article. You could come to our Columbine Press
Conference next week and learn the truth to report.

Ann Blake Tracy, PhD, Executive Director,
International Coalition For Drug Awareness
__________________________________________________________

Mark Taylor's testimony before the FDA 9/13/2004

I am Mark Allen Taylor and I am a victim of the SSRI antidepressant era. I
took six to thirteen bullets in the heart area in the Columbine High
School shooting when Eric Harris on Luvox opened fire that now infamous day.

They almost had to amputate my leg and my arm. My heart missed by only one
millimeter. I had three surgeries. Five years later I am still
recuperating.

I went through all this to realize that SSRI antidepressants are dangerous
for those who take them and for all those who associate with those who
take them.

I hope that my testimony today shows you that you need to take action
immediately before more innocent people like me, and you, do not get hurt or
die horrible deaths as a result.

As Americans we should have the right to feel safe and if you were doing
your job we would be safe. Why are we worrying about terrorists in other
countries when the pharmaceutical companies have proven to be our biggest
terrorists by releasing these drugs on an unsuspecting public?

How are we suppose to feel safe at school, at home, on the street, at
church or anywhere else if we cannot trust the FDA to do what we are paying you
to do? Where were you when I and all of my classmates got shot at
Columbine?

You say that antidepressants are effective. So why did they not help Eric
Harris before he shot me?

According to Eric they "helped" him to feel homicidal and suicidal after
only six weeks on Zoloft. And then he said that dropping off Luvox cold
turkey would help him "fuel the rage" he needed to shoot everyone. But he
continued on Luvox and shot us all anyway.

So, why did these so called antidepressants not make him better? I will
tell you why. It is because they do not work.

We should consider antidepressants to be accomplices to murder.
______________________________
Lisa wrote: 3h 26m ago
Dear Mr. Toppo,
I had been interviewed by you on Oct 6,2006 at the White House Conference
on School Safety (that President Bush had assembled after the rash of
school shootings)As you know Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and I had a
conversation in regards to the role antidepressants have in school shootings.
Eric Harris was prescribed Zoloft, the Zoloft had been discontinued due to
Eric suffering from homicidal?suicidal thoughts. At the time of the Columbine
Tragedy, Eric was taking the antidepressant LUVOX ( "200mg to be exact")
CDC confirmed this at the Conference. As far as Dylan Klebold is concerned,
one will never know. The Coroner never tested him for prescription drugs,
just alcohol and illicit drugs. I found you to be a kind and inquisitive
reporter. Its a shame you failed to do your homework.

_________________________________

Rosie wrote: 1h 56m ago

Why does it say that the Columbine shooters were not on antidepressants.
This is incorrect. The autopsy report showed that Eric Harris was on the
SSRI antidepressant Luvox at the time of the rampage and that he had a
therapeutic does in his system.
______________________________

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Parents and even private citizens with no link to a child can help
prevent school shootings, says Peter Langman, a psychologist and the author of
Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters (Palgrave Macmillan).
Here are some of his suggestions:
Set limits on your child's privacy. Keep open communication. Know your
child's friends, what he does, what websites he visits. If there is a
preoccupation with weapons or violent scenarios in journals, he may need help
from a counselor.
Pay attention to school warnings. If the school contacts you with
concerns about your child's violent stories or class presentations, he may be
depressed or enraged and need help. These "red flags" have been noticed by
teachers before school shootings, but parents rebuffed school officials.
Eliminate easy access to guns at home.
Recognize possible rehearsals of attacks.Some school shooters have done
drawings, animations and videos or written stories in advance that depicted
brutal acts.
Stay alert to possible signs of future trouble. Private citizens have
foiled rampage killings by youths. Among them: a clerk in a photo shop who
noticed photos of a teenager with an arsenal of guns and someone who found a
notebook with plans for a high school shooting in a parking lot. If you
notice a possible threat, promptly notify the police.

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They weren't goths or loners.
The two teenagers who killed 13 people and themselves at suburban Denver's
Columbine High School 10 years ago next week weren't in the "Trenchcoat
Mafia," disaffected videogamers who wore cowboy dusters. The killings
ignited a national debate over bullying, but the record now shows Eric Harris and
Dylan Klebold hadn't been bullied in fact, they had bragged in diaries
about picking on freshmen and "fags."
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Their rampage put schools on alert for "enemies lists" made by troubled
students, but the enemies on their list had graduated from Columbine a year
earlier. Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren't on
antidepressant medication and didn't target jocks, blacks or Christians, police now
say, citing the killers' journals and witness accounts. That story about a
student being shot in the head after she said she believed in God? Never
happened, the FBI says now.
A decade after Harris and Klebold made Columbine a synonym for rage, new
information including several books that analyze the tragedy through
diaries, e-mails, appointment books, videotape, police affidavits and
interviews with witnesses, friends and survivors indicate that much of what the
public has been told about the shootings is wrong.
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In fact, the pair's suicidal attack was planned as a grand if badly
implemented terrorist bombing that quickly devolved into a 49-minute
shooting rampage when the bombs Harris built fizzled.
"He was so bad at wiring those bombs, apparently they weren't even close
to working," says Dave Cullen, author ofColumbine, a new account of the
attack.
So whom did they hope to kill?
Everyone including friends.
What's left, after peeling away a decade of myths, is perhaps more
comforting than the "good kids harassed into retaliation" narrative or perhaps
not.
It's a portrait of Harris and Klebold as a sort of In Cold Bloodcriminal
duo a deeply disturbed, suicidal pair who over more than a year psyched
each other up for an Oklahoma City-style terrorist bombing, an apolitical,
over-the-top revenge fantasy against years of snubs, slights and cruelties,
real and imagined.
Along the way, they saved money from after-school jobs, took Advanced
Placement classes, assembled a small arsenal and fooled everyone friends,
parents, teachers, psychologists, cops and judges.
"These are not ordinary kids who were bullied into retaliation,"
psychologist Peter Langman writes in his new book, Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds
of School Shooters. "These are not ordinary kids who played too many video
games. These are not ordinary kids who just wanted to be famous. These are
simplynot ordinary kids. These are kids with serious psychological
problems."
Deceiving the adults
Harris, who conceived the attacks, was more than just troubled. He was,
psychologists now say, a cold-blooded, predatory psychopath a smart,
charming liar with "a preposterously grand superiority complex, a revulsion for
authority and an excruciating need for control," Cullen writes.
Harris, a senior, read voraciously and got good grades when he tried,
pleasing his teachers with dazzling prose then writing in his journal about
killing thousands.
"I referred to him and I'm dating myself as the Eddie Haskel of
Columbine High School," says Principal Frank DeAngelis, referring to the
deceptively polite teen on the 1950s and '60s sitcom Leave it to Beaver. "He was
the type of kid who, when he was in front of adults, he'd tell you what you
wanted to hear."
When he wasn't, he mixed napalm in the kitchen .
According to Cullen, one of Harris' last journal entries read: "I hate you
people for leaving me out of so many fun things. And no don't say, 'Well
that's your fault,' because it isn't, you people had my phone #, and I
asked and all, but no. No no no don't let the weird-looking Eric KID come
along."
As he walked into the school the morning of April 20, Harris' T-shirt
read: Natural Selection.
Klebold, on the other hand, was anxious and lovelorn, summing up his life
at one point in his journal as "the most miserable existence in the history
of time," Langman notes.
Harris drew swastikas in his journal; Klebold drew hearts.
As laid out in their writings, the contrast between the two was stark.
Harris seemed to feel superior to everyone he once wrote, "I feel like
God and I wish I was, having everyone being OFFICIALLY lower than me"
while Klebold was suicidally depressed and getting angrier all the time. "Me is
a god, a god of sadness," he wrote in September 1997, around his 16th
birthday.
Klebold also was paranoid. "I have always been hated, by everyone and
everything," he wrote.
On the day of the attacks, his T-shirt read: Wrath.
Shooter profiles emerge
Columbine wasn't the first K-12 school shooting. But at the time it was by
far the worst, and the first to play out largely on live television.

The U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Education Department soon began studying
school shooters. In 2002, researchers presented their first findings:
School shooters, they said, followed no set profile, but most were depressed
and felt persecuted.
Princeton sociologist Katherine Newman, co-author of the 2004 book
Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings, says young people such as Harris
and Klebold are not loners they're just not accepted by the kids who count.
"Getting attention by becoming notorious is better than being a failure."
The Secret Service found that school shooters usually tell other kids
about their plans.
"Other students often even egg them on," says Newman, who led a
congressionally mandated study on school shootings. "Then they end up with this
escalating commitment. It's not a sudden snapping."
Langman, whose book profiles 10 shooters, including Harris and Klebold,
found that nine suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts, a
"potentially dangerous" combination, he says. "It is hard to prevent murder when
killers do not care if they live or die. It is like trying to stop a suicide
bomber."
At the time, Columbine became a kind of giant national Rorschach test.
Observers saw its genesis in just about everything: lax parenting, lax gun
laws, progressive schooling, repressive school culture, violent video games,
antidepressant drugs and rock 'n' roll, for starters.
Many of the Columbine myths emerged before the shooting stopped, as
rumors, misunderstandings and wishful thinking swirled in an echo chamber among
witnesses, survivors, officials and the news media.
Police contributed to the mess by talking to reporters before they knew
facts a hastily called news conference by the Jefferson County sheriff that
afternoon produced the first headline: "Twenty-five dead in Colorado."
A few inaccuracies took hours to clear up, but others took weeks or months
sometimes years as authorities reluctantly set the record straight.
Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Jeff Kass, author of a new book,
Columbine: A True Crime Story, says police played a game of "Open Records
charades."
In one case, county officials took five years just to acknowledge that
they had met in secret after the attacks to discuss a 1998 affidavit for a
search warrant on Harris' home it was the result of a complaint against him
by the mother of a former friend. Harris had threatened her son on his
website and bragged that he had been building bombs.
Police already had found a small bomb matching Harris' description near
his home but investigators never presented the affidavit to a judge.
They also apparently didn't know that Harris and Klebold were on probation
after having been arrested in January 1998 for breaking into a van and
stealing electronics.
The search finally took place, but only after the shootings.
Meticulous planning
What's now beyond dispute largely from the killers' journals, which have
been released over the past few years, is this: Harris and Klebold killed
13 and wounded 24, but they had hoped to kill thousands.
The pair planned the attacks for more than a year, building 100 bombs and
persuading friends to buy them guns. Just after 11 a.m. on April 20, they
lugged a pair of duffel bags containing propane-tank bombs into Columbine's
crowded cafeteria and another into the kitchen, then stepped outside and
waited.
Had the bombs exploded, they'd have killed virtually everyone eating lunch
and brought the school's second-story library down atop the cafeteria,
police say. Armed with a pistol, a rifle and two sawed-off shotguns, the pair
planned to pick off survivors fleeing the carnage.
As a last terrorist act, a pair of gasoline bombs planted in Harris' Honda
and Klebold's BMW had been rigged apparently to kill police, rescue teams,
journalists and parents who rushed to the school long after the pair
expected they would be dead.
The pair had parked the cars about 100 yards apart in the student lot. The
bombs didn't go off.
Looking for answers at home
Since 1999, many people have looked to the boys' parents for answers, but
a transcript of their 2003 court-ordered deposition to the victims' parents
remains sealed until 2027.
The Klebolds spoke to New York Times columnist David Brooks in 2004 and
impressed Brooks as "a well-educated, reflective, highly intelligent
couple" who spent plenty of time with their son. They said they had no clues
about Dylan's mental state and regretted not seeing that he was suicidal.
Could the parents have prevented the massacre? The FBI special agent in
charge of the investigation has gone on record as having "the utmost
sympathy" for the Harris and Klebold families.
"They have been vilified without information," retired supervisory special
agent Dwayne Fuselier tells Cullen.
Cullen, who has spent most of the past decade poring over the record,
comes away with a bit of sympathy.
For one thing, he notes, Harris' parents "knew they had a problem they
thought they were dealing with it. What kind of parent is going to think,
'Well, maybe Eric's a mass murderer.' You just don't go there."
He got a good look at the boys' writings only in the past couple of years.
Among the revelations: Eric Harris was financing what could well have been
the biggest domestic terrorist attack on U.S. soil on wages from a
part-time job at a pizza parlor.
"One of the scary things is that money was one of the limiting factors
here," Cullen says.
Had Harris, then 18, put off the attacks for a few years and landed a
well-paying job, he says, "he could be much more like Tim McVeigh," mixing
fertilizer bombs like those used in Oklahoma City in 1995.As it was, he says,
the fact that Harris carried out the attack when he did probably saved
hundreds of lives.
"His limited salary probably limited the number of people who died."
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http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/9904/29/luvox.explainer/
Columbine shooter was prescribed anti-depressant

<table width="180" align="right" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2"><tr><td bgcolor="#ffcc00"> LUVOX FACTS</td></tr><tr><td align="left" bgcolor="#ffffcc"></td></tr></table>Luvox is an anti-depressant most commonly prescribed to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder.It is one of a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).The drug works by interacting with a chemical in the brain called serotonin, which affects mood.
April 29, 1999
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(CNN) -- Reports surfaced Wednesday that one of the gunmen in the Littleton, Colorado, school shooting, <strong>Eric Harris, was rejected by Marine Corps recruiters days before the Columbine High School massacre because he was under a doctor's care and had been prescribed an anti-depressant medication. </strong>

Harris' prescription was for Luvox, an anti-depressant medication commonly used to treat patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

It is one of a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). Other SSRIs are Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. Prozac is the most commonly prescribed anti-depressant in the United States.

Serotonin is a chemical released in the brain that can affect mood and behavior. SSRIs work by enhancing the brain's ability to use serotonin.

These drugs are typically tested for safety and efficacy in adults but are also widely prescribed to children and teen-agers. Doctors make dosage adjustments based on the patient's weight.

Luvox is generally prescribed to patients whose obsessions or compulsions cause them distress, consume time, or interfere with their daily activities.

American Psychiatric Association President Dr. Rodrigo Munoz said there is no specific link between these drugs and violent behavior.

"Despite a decade of research, there is little valid evidence to prove a causal relationship between the use of anti-depressant medications and destructive behavior. On the other hand, there is ample evidence that undiagnosed and untreated mental illness exacts a heavy toll on those who suffer from these disorders, as well as those around them," Munoz said.

It is not known if Harris actually took the medication, and investigators said Wednesday early toxicology tests performed by the medical examiner's office showed no evidence of drugs or alcohol in the body of either gunman, Harris or Dylan Klebold.

"The final reports from the coroner have not been made and given to us. However, like I've said, I'll have to revert to what they told us about the toxicology reports earlier, and that is that there weren't any drugs or alcohol in the blood, and, once again, I didn't hear her say illegal drugs or legal drugs," Jefferson County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Davis said.
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April 14th, 2009, 1:48 pm #4


So its not 'the disease' then is it!  Its the DRUG.

http://www.rxlist.com/luvox-drug.htm

<strong><em>Page 2 Side effects</em></strong>:
"Adverse Reactions Leading to Treatment Discontinuation
Of the 1087 OCD and depressed patients treated with fluvoxamine maleate in controlled clinical trials in North America, <strong>22% discontinued due to an adverse reaction.</strong> Adverse reactions that led to discontinuation in <strong>at least </strong>2% of fluvoxamine maleate-treated patients in these trials were: nausea (9%), insomnia (4%), somnolence (4%), headache (3%), and asthenia, vomiting, nervousness, <strong>agitation</strong>, and dizziness (2% each)...."

 
"Other Reactions Observed During the Premarketing Evaluation of LUVOX Tablets ...
...Nervous System - Frequent: hyperkinesia, <strong>manic reaction</strong>, and myoclonus; Infrequent: abnormal dreams, [color=#0066cc" size="5]<strong>akathisia</strong>[/color], convulsion, dyskinesia, dystonia, euphoria, extrapyramidal syndrome, and twitching; Rare: withdrawal syndrome...."

 

<strong><em>Page 3 Warnings & Precautions</em></strong>

"...All patients being treated with antidepressants for any indication should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, and unusual changes in behavior, especially during the initial few months of a course of drug therapy, or at times of dose changes, either increases or decreases.

The following symptoms, <strong>anxiety</strong><strong>, agitation, </strong><strong>panic</strong><strong> attacks, </strong><strong>insomnia</strong><strong>, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, </strong><strong>impulsivity</strong><strong>, </strong>[color=#0066cc" size="5]akathisia[/color]<strong>(psychomotor restlessness),</strong>[color=#0066cc" size="5]hypomania[/color], and [color=#0066cc" size="5]mania[/color]<strong>, have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants for major depressive disorder as well as for other indications, both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric.</strong> Although a causal link between the emergence of such symptoms and either the worsening of depression and/or the emergence of suicidal impulses has not been established, there is concern that such symptoms may represent precursors to emerging suicidality..."
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<strong>http://denver.rockymountainnews.com/sho ... utop.shtml</strong>

<strong>"Judge unseals autopsy report on Eric Harris </strong>

Document details cause of teen gunman's death, appearance on April 20

By [url=mailto:vaughank@rockymountainnews.com]Kevin Vaughan[/url]

<em>Denver Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer</em>








GOLDEN -- A judge Thursday unsealed the autopsy report for Columbine High killer Eric Harris, revealing that the teen put a sawed-off shotgun in his mouth to end his life.

The autopsy report for the other Columbine gunman, Dylan Klebold, also should be released to the public, District Judge Henry Nieto ruled in response to a petition filed by the Denver Rocky Mountain News.

But Nieto said the document would remain sealed until July 1 to give Klebold's family time to file an appeal.

"I believe I exceeded my jurisdiction," Nieto said in making the ruling, which amended his May 28 order that sealed the autopsy reports for all 15 people who died in the April 20 assault on Columbine. The reports for the 13 victims of Harris and Klebold remain sealed.

After the ruling Thursday, Jefferson County Coroner Dr. Nancy Bodelson made copies of Harris' report available.

In addition to describing the massive head wound Harris suffered, it also provided details about the 18-year-old's appearance on the day of the assault.

When he died, Harris was wearing a white T-shirt with the inscription "Natural Selection" on its front. He also wore black combat boots and a black glove on his right hand with the fingers cut out.

It is not clear what the shirt's inscription referred to, but there is a video game with the same name. The game's World Wide Web site says it encompasses a "realm where anything can happen," a place for the "bravest of the brave and the fiercest of the fierce."

"It is a place where survival of the fittest takes a very literal meaning. ... it's the natural way, it's Natural Selection," the game's makers wrote.

<strong>The report confirmed that Harris had a <em>therapeutic level </em>of an anti-depressant, Fluvoxamine, in his system. </strong>

The autopsy report, however, left some questions unanswered.

For example, it did not note the time of death.

The report also does not explain what happened to the pants, ammunition vest and trench coat Harris was wearing April 20. Did investigators take them as evidence before the autopsy was performed April 22?

Investigators would not comment.

In Colorado, autopsy reports are public records. They can be sealed only if a judge determines that their release would do "substantial harm" to the public interest. Nieto originally sealed the reports after a motion filed by Bodelson that specifically mentioned 12 of the 13 victims.

It did not, however, ask the judge to seal the reports for Harris, Klebold or Isaiah Shoels, one of those who died in the library.

Marc Flink, the News' attorney, argued Thursday that the autopsy reports for Harris and Klebold should be open because their deaths -- and the questions the documents might answer -- are a matter of public interest.

"They planned and carried out what was essentially a terrorist act in a public place, a public school," Flink said. They sought a "place in infamy."

He also argued that the autopsy reports for Harris and Klebold <strong>should not have been sealed </strong>because they were not part of Bodelson's original petition. In Colorado, only the official custodian of the records -- in this case, Bodelson -- can ask for records to be sealed. Under that law, Flink said, the Klebolds' attorney didn't have the authority to ask the court to seal the report.

Harris' family did not send an attorney to the hearing and did not file any motions in the case.

Ultimately, Nieto amended his ruling.

After the hearing, Gary Lozow, attorney for the Klebold family, said the gunman's parents wanted the report sealed over "issues about privacy" and fears of "inflaming prejudices."

But he would not say whether the report would answer a final lingering question: whether Klebold killed himself or was shot by Harris. Although Bodelson ruled both deaths suicides, some investigators believe it's possible Harris shot Klebold.

Additional reporting by staff writer [url=mailto:bartelsl@rockymountainnews.com]Lynn Bartels[/url].



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<a></a>Columbine records to stay sealed for 20 years, court affirms
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A federal appeals court in Colorado on Monday refused to strike down a lower court order sealing records in the 1999 Columbine shootings for 20 years, The Denver Post reported.


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U.S. District Judge Lewis T. Babcock opted to seal depositions taken from the parents of the high school gunmen, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, during a pair of civil lawsuits. Families of several victims wanted the documents released.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver (10th Cir.) sided with the judge, finding that the parents' sworn statements counted as "records 'made' by a court," The Post said, and thus were correctly vaulted away in the National Archives and Records Administration under the Federal Records Act.
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<em>The families of the dead and injured need this information exposed to save childrens lives.
google Columbine family request. Check other posts on this topic. Call Donna Taylor 719-217-5869 she is in fear and has had to flee Colorado. There has been no investigation of the arrest that provoked the killers into a suicidal homicidal attack on the school. She has demanded a report and now the authorities have drugged her son Mark who was shot 8 times. They are trying to destroy her and her son. Please help."</em>

 
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<em>"...The families of the dead and injured need this information exposed to save childrens lives. google Columbine family request. Check other posts on this topic. Call Donna Taylor 719-217-5869 she is in fear and has had to flee Colorado. There has been no investigation of the arrest that provoked the killers into a suicidal homicidal attack on the school. She has demanded a report and now the authorities have drugged her son Mark who was shot 8 times. They are trying to destroy her and her son. Please help."</em>
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Kauffmans SSRI Bombshell, Spring 2009 Journal of APS<span class="author">Posted by admin</span> <span class="clock">On April - 10 - 2009</span>
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 14 Number 1 Spring 2009

SSRI Bombshell by Joel M. Kauffman, Ph.D. <em>Tuesday, March 31st, 2009</em>
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) Drugs: More Risks Than Benefits?Joel M. Kauffman, Ph.D.ABSTRACT
Anecdotal reports have suggested that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may cause suicidal or violent behavior in some patients. Because of the publicity surrounding certain events, and the numerous lawsuits that have been filed, a review of benefits and risks is needed.

At most 30% of patients receive a benefit from SSRIs beyond the large placebo effect in certain mental conditions, especially depression, according to a recent meta-analysis of published trials. An equally recent meta-analysis of all SSRI trials submitted to the FDA showed a small benefit for the severely depressed patients only. <span>Many early unpublished trials did not show any benefit. Adverse effects are common, occurring in up to 75% of subjects.</span>

Severe adverse effects may be underreported<span>.</span>

Meta- analyses of controlled trials <span>did not include</span> any actual suicides or murders, but only suicidality, some finding, in 1991 and 2007, <span>no evidence even of suicidality.</span>

Other meta-analyses using many of the same trials found that suicidality doubled to 1 in 500 on SSRIs compared with placebo or non-SSRI antidepressants, but did not include any actual suicides or murders. The trial designs were devised by SSRI makers to prevent reports of suicides, by eliminating subjects with the slightest trace of suicidal tendencies. Retrospective studies by others showed actual suicides on SSRIs with a relative risk (RR) of 23 compared with non-SSRI antidepressants, with an increased incidence of 123/100,000. Lower doses than the smallest available ones were found to maintain benefits in a majority of patients while reducing risks.

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No causal connection between SSRIs and suicide and/or violence has been proved; neither has it been ruled out. Physicians need to be vigilant, and aware of legal precedents that may subject them to enhanced liability when prescribing these drugs. The Genesis of SSRIs Fluoxetine (Prozac in the U.S., see Table 1), introduced in 1988 to combat depression, was the fourth selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) on the U.S. market, after being seriously considered by Eli Lilly as an antihypertensive drug. Unlike the earlier tricyclics (amitripyline, clomipramine, dothiepin, imipramine, etc.) and other drug classes, SSRIs acted on the brain to raise levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin without raising the levels of norepinephrine. This was thought to be a benefit in treatment of depression, and later anxiety, panic, social phobia, obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD) , and many ot her conditions. The SSRIs listed in Table 1 are among the most frequently prescribed in the U.S., and compete with the five non- SSRIs shown, and others.

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A prominent recent meta-analysis of Bridge et al. included 27 trials of SSRIs for three defined mental conditions: major depressive disorder (MDD), OCD, and non-OCD anxiety disorders. Benefits, compared with placebo, were found to be highly statistically significant. For MDD, data from 13 trials showed benefit in 61% vs. 50% on placebo, a gain of 11% absolute (NNT=10), <0.001 for all ages of participants. For OCD, data from six trials showed benefit in 52% vs. 32% on placebo, a gain of 20% absolute (NNT=5), <0.001 for all ages. For non-OCD anxiety, data from 6 trials showed benefit in 69% vs. 39% on place- bo, a gain of 30% absolute (NNT=3), <0.001 for all ages. These results represent the maximum expectation of benefit from SSRIs since 22 of the 27 trials were financially supported by SSRI makers, and thus subject to the routinely positive bias of industry-sponsored clinical trials. Jay S. Cohen, M.D., author of the 2001 book , wrote that half his patients did well on fluoxetine, but he noted a high incidence (50%) with side-effects. Cohen also cited a pre-approval study showing that the standard 20 mg per day starting dose helped 65% of patients, while 5 mg helped 54%, so Cohen became one of the pioneers in using lower doses before Lilly made them available. The 1996 entry for paroxetine, at least, confirmed that the 17 most common side-effects were dose-dependent.

In four observational cohort studies of four common SSRIs reported by physicians as part of the prescription-event monitoring program in the UK, with more than 10,000 patients in each drug group, only 36% of the physicians reported fluvoxamine as effective, compared with 60% for fluoxetine, sertraline, and paroxetine. These possible benefit rates, which include the placebo effect, parallel the percentage of patients remaining on the drug for 2 months.

<strong>See: </strong><em><strong>Over Dose: the Case Against the Drug Companies</strong></em>

An old trial of placebo for anxious and depressed subjects reduced distress in 43%. Three meta-analyses of the antidepressant literature that appeared in the 1990s independently concluded that two-thirds of the effectiveness attributed to SSRIs is actually placebo effect. In a series of nine controlled studies on hospitalized patients with depression, 57% of those given placebo showed improvement in 26 weeks. A 1998 meta-analysis of 47 trials on antidepressant medication including SSRIs indicated that 75% of the response to them was duplicated by placebo. This meta-analysis was criticized on several grounds. Therefore, Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., of the University of Connecticut, with other authors, obtained data submitted to the FDA on every placebo-controlled clinical trial on the six most widely used SSRIs, and published a meta-analysis on 47 trials, finding a small, clinically insignificant effect.

This work was updated in 2008:

Analyses of datasets including unpublished as well as published clinical trials reveal smaller effects that fall well below recommended criteria for clinical effectiveness. Specifically, a meta-analysis of clinical trial data submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed a mean drugplacebo difference in improvement scores of 1.80 points on the Hamilton Rating Scale of Depression (HRSD), whereas the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) used a drugplacebo difference of three points as a criterion for clinical significance when establishing guidelines for the treatment of depression in the United Kingdom. Kirsch et al. concluded that the updated findings from 35 carefully vetted trials suggest that, compared with placebo, the four new- generation antidepressants ( fluoxetine, venlfaxine, nefazodone, and paroxetine) do not produce clinically significant improvements in depression in patients who initially have moderate or even severe depression.

They show statistically significant but clinically minor effects only in the most severely depressed patients. Moreover, the significance of the effect probably is based on a decreased responsiveness to placebo, rather than increased responsiveness to medication. Given these results, the researchers conclude that there is little reason to prescribe new- generation antidepressant medications to any but the most severely depressed patients unless alternative treatments have been ineffective. In addition, they write that the decreased placebo response in extremely depressed patients, combined with a response to antidepressants comparable to that of less severely depressed patients, is a potentially important insight that should be investigated further.

Even these unimpressive findings exaggerated the benefits of antidepressants. In three fluoxetine trials and in the three sertraline trials for which data were reported, the protocol allowed replacement of patients who, in the investigators judgment, were not improving after 2 weeks. The trials also included a 12 week washout period, during which patients were given a placebo prior to randomization. Those whose scores improved 20% or more were excluded from the study. In 25 trials, the use of other psychoactive medication was reported. In most trials, a chloral hydrate sedative was permitted in doses ranging from 500 mg to 2,000 mg per day. Other psychoactive medication was usually prohibited but still reported as having been taken in several trials.

Perhaps such considerations led David Healy, M.D., an SSRI expert, to his conclusion that these drugs do not convincingly work. His evidence came from early unpublished clinical trials whose results were revealed to him at FDA hearings. For fluoxetine, Healy noted four trials with a positive result and four without. For sertraline, only one of five early studies showed benefit. Because of the huge placebo effect, 3275%, most physicians unfamiliar with the studies revealing this effect are likely, in my opinion, to say that one-third to two-thirds of their patients are improved on SSRIs. This would also explain Dr. Jay S. Cohens findings on lower doses of fluoxetine.

SSRIs reportedly interact with 40 other drugs to cause serotonin syndrome.

This presents as twitching, tremors, rigidity, fever, confusion, or agitation. Serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) also may cause serotonin syndrome by interactions. Most tricyclic depressants do not have these interactions, with the exception of amitriptyline.

In a controlled trial of paroxetine vs. clomipramine sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, 75% of the subjects had an adverse effect on paroxetine, 21% had a severe adverse effect, and 13% committed asuicidal act (1 in 8). The 1996 ( )entry for paroxetine lists 17 side-effects with an incidence of 5% for approved doses.

They are: asthenia, sweating, constipation, decreased appetite, diarrhea (up to 15%), dry mouth (up to 21%), nausea (up to 36%), anxiety, dizziness, nervousness, paresthesia, somnolence (up to 22%), tremor (up to 15%), blurred vision, abnormal ejaculation, impotence, and other male genital disorders. Fully 31 additional side effects with an incidence at least 1% greater than placebo were listed, including uncontrollable yawning.
<span>Murder, suicide, and suicidality were NOT [emphasis added] included.</span>
Nor were they on comparable lists for fluvoxamine, or sertraline. For fluvoxamine, suicide were separately listed as infrequent.

For fluoxetine, suicidal ideation was listed as a voluntary report not proved to be drug related. For sertraline, suicidal ideation and attempt were listed separately as infrequent.

The entry for venlafaxine was: the possibility of a suicide attempt is inherent in depression. Not found in the was weight gain, which Cohen lists as a serious side effect.

Typical dropout rates in recent trials are claimed to be 5% (see below), but these must be short trials, or trials with a run-in period. In a meta-analysis of 62 earlier trials with a total of 6,000 subjects, the mean total dropout rate and the proportion of dropouts due to side effects appear comparable to results in general practice: total dropout rates of between 30% and 70% have been reported by 6 weeks, of which some 30%40% are attributed to side effects and the rest to failure of treatment. Early findings of severe adverse effects by SSRI makers came to light only after the class was established. Of 53 healthy volunteer studies on fluoxetine, the results of only 12 were openly reported.

From 35 healthy volunteer studies on paroxetine, pre-launch, the results of only 14 appeared. From 35 pre-launch healthy volunteer studies on sertraline, only seven appeared. Among the unpublished trials, there was one in which all volunteers dropped out because of agitation (akathisia). In published work on sertraline, data excluded material on behavioral toxicity, including at least one suicide of a Adverse Effects of healthy volunteer, and in a different trial, 2 of 20 volunteers became intensely suicidal. This last is consistent with the dropout rate of 5% for agitation alone in actual trials. It is also consistent with Lillys animal studies, in which previously friendly cats treated with fluoxetine started growling and hissingan unheeded warning.

Just a year after fluoxetine was introduced, Bill Forsyth of Maui, Hawaii, had taken it for only 12 days when he committed one of the first murder/suicides attributed to any SSRI.

In the same year Joseph Wesbecker killed eight others and himself in a Louisville, Ky., printing plant where he worked, after 4 weeks on fluoxetine. Yet as early as 1986, clinical trials showed a rate of 12.5 suicides per 1,000 subjects on fluoxetine vs. 3.8 on older non-SSRIs vs. 2.5 on placebo! An internal 1985 Lilly document found even worse results and said that benefits were less than risks. Such documents were released into the public domain by Lilly as part of the settlement in the Wesbecker case. Fifteen more anecdotes of murder/suicide, three with sertraline, were listed by DeGrandpre.

Lillys denials of a link to murder/suicide on national television and elsewhere cited a sponsored meta-analysis in in 1991, which exonerated fluoxetine as a cause of suicidal acts or thoughts without even mentioning actual murder or suicide. This study included only 3,067 patients of the 26,000 in the clinical trials it utilized. None of the trials had a declared endpoint of suicidality.

Some of the trials had been rejected by the FDA. No mention was made that Lilly had had benzodiazepines co-prescribed to minimizethe agitation that had been recognized with fluoxetine alone. The 5% dropout rate for anxiety and agitation (akathisia) would have taken out the most likely candidates for suicide. Nevertheless, the 1991 study had its intended effect. For example, in 2006 a 900-page tome entitled , which was aimed at attorneys, cited this study, and failed lawsuits concerning SSRIs. The 2007 meta-analysis by Bridge et al. may be influenced by indirect conflicts of interest that are hard to prove based on the financial disclosures.

Their paper pooled excess risk above placebo for suicidal ideation/suicide attempt from 27 trials. The excess risk was said to be 0.7% and statistically significant across all indications, but significant within each indication. Of the 27 trials, only five were sponsored by the drug maker, and one of these, the 2004 Treatment for Adolescents with Depression (TADS) study of fluoxetine, had the highest rate of suicidality7% above placebo. Most of the same trials were used in a meta-analysis by the FDA, which found a statistically significant excess risk of 2% (4% vs. 2% on placebo, 1 in 50 more). Bridge et al. used a random-effects calculation, while the FDA used a fixed-effects calculation.

<em>In commenting on the negative findings, Bridge et al. write: No study [in our meta-analysis] was designed to examine suicidal ideation/suicide attempt as a study outcome, and in fact most trials were conducted in patients who had been carefully screened to exclude youths at risk. No actual murders or s
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USA Today is trying to tell the world that antidepressants played no part
in Columbine. The next day their lead story will be the revelation that the
world is really flat - that it is round is merely a myth!

Obviously we need as many of you as possible who can make it next week to
Denver for the 10 year Columbine anniversary to come!

How does a reporter miss a major lawsuit against the manufacturer of
Luvox?!! Where does he think a lot of what we have on Columbine came from?
Discovery in those lawsuits is where we get a lot of information. Anyway you can
see below what some of us have already posted on their site in response to
this most ridiculous article. (See article below)

You will also see that we are holding a press conference next week for the
Columbine anniversary. This will be an opportunity for families to get the
word out about their own tragedies. If you can come, please come and speak
out. This nightmare has got to end! How many more shootings can we handle?
The last few weeks have been unbelievable!

Anyone of you who have had a murder/suicide or suicide or any type of
violence related to antidepressants, please contact me immediately to come to
our press conference next week.

Anyone else who can help with funding for those families willing to come
that cannot afford to do so, please let me know as soon as possible also so
that we can make arrangements for them. We have family members of high
profile cases who are ready to come. Media attention for this issue is hard to
come by because all of the major advertisers for media are drug companies.
Take advantage of this opportunity to speak in behalf of your loved ones
and in behalf of those who died at Columbine as well. Those who are coming
need to print up your stories along with contact information for hand outs
for reporters.

Dr. Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
Website: _www.drugawareness.org_ http://www.drugawareness.org/) &
_www.ssristories.com_ http://www.ssristories.com/)
Author: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? - Our Serotonin Nightmare
& CD or audio tape on safe withdrawal: "Help! I Can't Get
Off My Antidepressant!"
Order Number: 800-280-0730
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Thank you to Rosie and Lisa for your previous corrections. I am not sure
what planet these reporters are on but it is not this one and certainly not
the one Eric and Dylan were on!!

Talk about a MAJOR MISTAKE in reporting!!! Not on antidepressants? Then I
wonder what that lawsuit filed by the first boy shot at Columbine against
the manufacturer of Luvox was all about? I can post his testimony before the
FDA here too asking why they did not protect him and those shot at
Columbine by keeping such deadly drugs off the market.

How do you possibly miss such a major piece of the puzzle as to why
Columbine happened?! You interviewed Jeff Kass who is well aware of this aspect
of the case since he followed the case against the drug maker and has
interviewed others involved in school shootings that involved antidepressants -
since the very large majority of school shootings do involve
antidepressants. In fact they are the most common link in all of these mass shootings
whether it be school or workplace violence. They are far too similar in action
to LSD and PCP.

You also could have interviewed Dylan's friend who came forward to say
that she was trying to help him get off both Zoloft AND Paxil. For some reason
someone thought it extremely important to seal Dylan's records - guess the
info coming out on Eric and his Zoloft and Luvox was bad enough. You would
not want to incite the public more by letting them know that BOTH boys
were on drugs now known to cause suicide in kids their age at 2-3 times the
normal rate. Not to mention that the antidepressants are also known to
produce homicidal ideation. ANTIDEPRESSANTS COME WITH THESE WARNINGS. You want a
confession? You have it! Just read the package inserts!

As for the gun issue go to our website at drugawareness.org and watch the
movie clip of Michael Moore after he learned about the Columbine connection
to antidepressants. He states loud and clear that in Bowling for Columbine
they looked at all the reasons why society said Columbine happened and
NONE of them made any sense. He then said that the only thing that made any
sense as to why and how Columbine happened were these drugs. He went on to say
that is how you take two well adjusted, high achieving kids and turn them
into murderous monsters. And after acting as an court expert in these cases
for two decades I can tell you he could not have said it better!

I would suggest a retraction and immediately, before the world sees how
poor your reporting is in this article. You could come to our Columbine Press
Conference next week and learn the truth to report.

Ann Blake Tracy, PhD, Executive Director,
International Coalition For Drug Awareness
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Mark Taylor's testimony before the FDA 9/13/2004

I am Mark Allen Taylor and I am a victim of the SSRI antidepressant era. I
took six to thirteen bullets in the heart area in the Columbine High
School shooting when Eric Harris on Luvox opened fire that now infamous day.

They almost had to amputate my leg and my arm. My heart missed by only one
millimeter. I had three surgeries. Five years later I am still
recuperating.

I went through all this to realize that SSRI antidepressants are dangerous
for those who take them and for all those who associate with those who
take them.

I hope that my testimony today shows you that you need to take action
immediately before more innocent people like me, and you, do not get hurt or
die horrible deaths as a result.

As Americans we should have the right to feel safe and if you were doing
your job we would be safe. Why are we worrying about terrorists in other
countries when the pharmaceutical companies have proven to be our biggest
terrorists by releasing these drugs on an unsuspecting public?

How are we suppose to feel safe at school, at home, on the street, at
church or anywhere else if we cannot trust the FDA to do what we are paying you
to do? Where were you when I and all of my classmates got shot at
Columbine?

You say that antidepressants are effective. So why did they not help Eric
Harris before he shot me?

According to Eric they "helped" him to feel homicidal and suicidal after
only six weeks on Zoloft. And then he said that dropping off Luvox cold
turkey would help him "fuel the rage" he needed to shoot everyone. But he
continued on Luvox and shot us all anyway.

So, why did these so called antidepressants not make him better? I will
tell you why. It is because they do not work.

We should consider antidepressants to be accomplices to murder.
______________________________
Lisa wrote: 3h 26m ago
Dear Mr. Toppo,
I had been interviewed by you on Oct 6,2006 at the White House Conference
on School Safety (that President Bush had assembled after the rash of
school shootings)As you know Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and I had a
conversation in regards to the role antidepressants have in school shootings.
Eric Harris was prescribed Zoloft, the Zoloft had been discontinued due to
Eric suffering from homicidal?suicidal thoughts. At the time of the Columbine
Tragedy, Eric was taking the antidepressant LUVOX ( "200mg to be exact")
CDC confirmed this at the Conference. As far as Dylan Klebold is concerned,
one will never know. The Coroner never tested him for prescription drugs,
just alcohol and illicit drugs. I found you to be a kind and inquisitive
reporter. Its a shame you failed to do your homework.

_________________________________

Rosie wrote: 1h 56m ago

Why does it say that the Columbine shooters were not on antidepressants.
This is incorrect. The autopsy report showed that Eric Harris was on the
SSRI antidepressant Luvox at the time of the rampage and that he had a
therapeutic does in his system.
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1999 yearbook photos of Eric Harris, right, and Dylan Klebold, the gunmen
from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., that left 13 dead and many
others wounded that year.

TIPS FOR MOM AND DAD
Parents and even private citizens with no link to a child can help
prevent school shootings, says Peter Langman, a psychologist and the author of
Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters (Palgrave Macmillan).
Here are some of his suggestions:
Set limits on your child's privacy. Keep open communication. Know your
child's friends, what he does, what websites he visits. If there is a
preoccupation with weapons or violent scenarios in journals, he may need help
from a counselor.
Pay attention to school warnings. If the school contacts you with
concerns about your child's violent stories or class presentations, he may be
depressed or enraged and need help. These "red flags" have been noticed by
teachers before school shootings, but parents rebuffed school officials.
Eliminate easy access to guns at home.
Recognize possible rehearsals of attacks.Some school shooters have done
drawings, animations and videos or written stories in advance that depicted
brutal acts.
Stay alert to possible signs of future trouble. Private citizens have
foiled rampage killings by youths. Among them: a clerk in a photo shop who
noticed photos of a teenager with an arsenal of guns and someone who found a
notebook with plans for a high school shooting in a parking lot. If you
notice a possible threat, promptly notify the police.

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They weren't goths or loners.
The two teenagers who killed 13 people and themselves at suburban Denver's
Columbine High School 10 years ago next week weren't in the "Trenchcoat
Mafia," disaffected videogamers who wore cowboy dusters. The killings
ignited a national debate over bullying, but the record now shows Eric Harris and
Dylan Klebold hadn't been bullied in fact, they had bragged in diaries
about picking on freshmen and "fags."
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Their rampage put schools on alert for "enemies lists" made by troubled
students, but the enemies on their list had graduated from Columbine a year
earlier. Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren't on
antidepressant medication and didn't target jocks, blacks or Christians, police now
say, citing the killers' journals and witness accounts. That story about a
student being shot in the head after she said she believed in God? Never
happened, the FBI says now.
A decade after Harris and Klebold made Columbine a synonym for rage, new
information including several books that analyze the tragedy through
diaries, e-mails, appointment books, videotape, police affidavits and
interviews with witnesses, friends and survivors indicate that much of what the
public has been told about the shootings is wrong.
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In fact, the pair's suicidal attack was planned as a grand if badly
implemented terrorist bombing that quickly devolved into a 49-minute
shooting rampage when the bombs Harris built fizzled.
"He was so bad at wiring those bombs, apparently they weren't even close
to working," says Dave Cullen, author ofColumbine, a new account of the
attack.
So whom did they hope to kill?
Everyone including friends.
What's left, after peeling away a decade of myths, is perhaps more
comforting than the "good kids harassed into retaliation" narrative or perhaps
not.
It's a portrait of Harris and Klebold as a sort of In Cold Bloodcriminal
duo a deeply disturbed, suicidal pair who over more than a year psyched
each other up for an Oklahoma City-style terrorist bombing, an apolitical,
over-the-top revenge fantasy against years of snubs, slights and cruelties,
real and imagined.
Along the way, they saved money from after-school jobs, took Advanced
Placement classes, assembled a small arsenal and fooled everyone friends,
parents, teachers, psychologists, cops and judges.
"These are not ordinary kids who were bullied into retaliation,"
psychologist Peter Langman writes in his new book, Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds
of School Shooters. "These are not ordinary kids who played too many video
games. These are not ordinary kids who just wanted to be famous. These are
simplynot ordinary kids. These are kids with serious psychological
problems."
Deceiving the adults
Harris, who conceived the attacks, was more than just troubled. He was,
psychologists now say, a cold-blooded, predatory psychopath a smart,
charming liar with "a preposterously grand superiority complex, a revulsion for
authority and an excruciating need for control," Cullen writes.
Harris, a senior, read voraciously and got good grades when he tried,
pleasing his teachers with dazzling prose then writing in his journal about
killing thousands.
"I referred to him and I'm dating myself as the Eddie Haskel of
Columbine High School," says Principal Frank DeAngelis, referring to the
deceptively polite teen on the 1950s and '60s sitcom Leave it to Beaver. "He was
the type of kid who, when he was in front of adults, he'd tell you what you
wanted to hear."
When he wasn't, he mixed napalm in the kitchen .
According to Cullen, one of Harris' last journal entries read: "I hate you
people for leaving me out of so many fun things. And no don't say, 'Well
that's your fault,' because it isn't, you people had my phone #, and I
asked and all, but no. No no no don't let the weird-looking Eric KID come
along."
As he walked into the school the morning of April 20, Harris' T-shirt
read: Natural Selection.
Klebold, on the other hand, was anxious and lovelorn, summing up his life
at one point in his journal as "the most miserable existence in the history
of time," Langman notes.
Harris drew swastikas in his journal; Klebold drew hearts.
As laid out in their writings, the contrast between the two was stark.
Harris seemed to feel superior to everyone he once wrote, "I feel like
God and I wish I was, having everyone being OFFICIALLY lower than me"
while Klebold was suicidally depressed and getting angrier all the time. "Me is
a god, a god of sadness," he wrote in September 1997, around his 16th
birthday.
Klebold also was paranoid. "I have always been hated, by everyone and
everything," he wrote.
On the day of the attacks, his T-shirt read: Wrath.
Shooter profiles emerge
Columbine wasn't the first K-12 school shooting. But at the time it was by
far the worst, and the first to play out largely on live television.

The U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Education Department soon began studying
school shooters. In 2002, researchers presented their first findings:
School shooters, they said, followed no set profile, but most were depressed
and felt persecuted.
Princeton sociologist Katherine Newman, co-author of the 2004 book
Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings, says young people such as Harris
and Klebold are not loners they're just not accepted by the kids who count.
"Getting attention by becoming notorious is better than being a failure."
The Secret Service found that school shooters usually tell other kids
about their plans.
"Other students often even egg them on," says Newman, who led a
congressionally mandated study on school shootings. "Then they end up with this
escalating commitment. It's not a sudden snapping."
Langman, whose book profiles 10 shooters, including Harris and Klebold,
found that nine suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts, a
"potentially dangerous" combination, he says. "It is hard to prevent murder when
killers do not care if they live or die. It is like trying to stop a suicide
bomber."
At the time, Columbine became a kind of giant national Rorschach test.
Observers saw its genesis in just about everything: lax parenting, lax gun
laws, progressive schooling, repressive school culture, violent video games,
antidepressant drugs and rock 'n' roll, for starters.
Many of the Columbine myths emerged before the shooting stopped, as
rumors, misunderstandings and wishful thinking swirled in an echo chamber among
witnesses, survivors, officials and the news media.
Police contributed to the mess by talking to reporters before they knew
facts a hastily called news conference by the Jefferson County sheriff that
afternoon produced the first headline: "Twenty-five dead in Colorado."
A few inaccuracies took hours to clear up, but others took weeks or months
sometimes years as authorities reluctantly set the record straight.
Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Jeff Kass, author of a new book,
Columbine: A True Crime Story, says police played a game of "Open Records
charades."
In one case, county officials took five years just to acknowledge that
they had met in secret after the attacks to discuss a 1998 affidavit for a
search warrant on Harris' home it was the result of a complaint against him
by the mother of a former friend. Harris had threatened her son on his
website and bragged that he had been building bombs.
Police already had found a small bomb matching Harris' description near
his home but investigators never presented the affidavit to a judge.
They also apparently didn't know that Harris and Klebold were on probation
after having been arrested in January 1998 for breaking into a van and
stealing electronics.
The search finally took place, but only after the shootings.
Meticulous planning
What's now beyond dispute largely from the killers' journals, which have
been released over the past few years, is this: Harris and Klebold killed
13 and wounded 24, but they had hoped to kill thousands.
The pair planned the attacks for more than a year, building 100 bombs and
persuading friends to buy them guns. Just after 11 a.m. on April 20, they
lugged a pair of duffel bags containing propane-tank bombs into Columbine's
crowded cafeteria and another into the kitchen, then stepped outside and
waited.
Had the bombs exploded, they'd have killed virtually everyone eating lunch
and brought the school's second-story library down atop the cafeteria,
police say. Armed with a pistol, a rifle and two sawed-off shotguns, the pair
planned to pick off survivors fleeing the carnage.
As a last terrorist act, a pair of gasoline bombs planted in Harris' Honda
and Klebold's BMW had been rigged apparently to kill police, rescue teams,
journalists and parents who rushed to the school long after the pair
expected they would be dead.
The pair had parked the cars about 100 yards apart in the student lot. The
bombs didn't go off.
Looking for answers at home
Since 1999, many people have looked to the boys' parents for answers, but
a transcript of their 2003 court-ordered deposition to the victims' parents
remains sealed until 2027.
The Klebolds spoke to New York Times columnist David Brooks in 2004 and
impressed Brooks as "a well-educated, reflective, highly intelligent
couple" who spent plenty of time with their son. They said they had no clues
about Dylan's mental state and regretted not seeing that he was suicidal.
Could the parents have prevented the massacre? The FBI special agent in
charge of the investigation has gone on record as having "the utmost
sympathy" for the Harris and Klebold families.
"They have been vilified without information," retired supervisory special
agent Dwayne Fuselier tells Cullen.
Cullen, who has spent most of the past decade poring over the record,
comes away with a bit of sympathy.
For one thing, he notes, Harris' parents "knew they had a problem they
thought they were dealing with it. What kind of parent is going to think,
'Well, maybe Eric's a mass murderer.' You just don't go there."
He got a good look at the boys' writings only in the past couple of years.
Among the revelations: Eric Harris was financing what could well have been
the biggest domestic terrorist attack on U.S. soil on wages from a
part-time job at a pizza parlor.
"One of the scary things is that money was one of the limiting factors
here," Cullen says.
Had Harris, then 18, put off the attacks for a few years and landed a
well-paying job, he says, "he could be much more like Tim McVeigh," mixing
fertilizer bombs like those used in Oklahoma City in 1995.As it was, he says,
the fact that Harris carried out the attack when he did probably saved
hundreds of lives.
"His limited salary probably limited the number of people who died."
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Response to Pfizer - were asked to a add suicide warning on Lustral/Zoloft Aug 2000
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<strong>Mr Bryce asked which makers of antidepressants received a request (year 2000) to include the following statement in product information: </strong><font size="3"></font>

<strong>[font=]"Occasionally thoughts of suicide or self harm may occur or may increase in the first few weeks of treatment with (insert name of drug) , until the antidepressant effect becomes apparent. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any distressing thoughts or experiences." [/font]</strong>

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Solvay Healthcare Limited

14 August 2000

Dear [text redacted S40 FOIA]
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RE: SSRIs and suicidal behaviour

I am writing further to our telephone discussion today. As you are aware, the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) has recently reviewed the issue of fluoxetine and other SSRIs and suicidal behaviour. The Committee concluded that the available study data did not support a causal association between SSRIs and suicidal behaviour. However there continued to be anecdotal reports of suicidal behaviour associated with SSRIs. The Committee noted that it was general clinical experience that patients taking antidepressants may develop an increase in suicidal behaviour in the first few weeks of treatment.

The CSM considered that patient information leaflets for SSRIs should be updated to ensure consistency with the SPC statement introduced in the recent SSRI core safety exercise. They felt that the following wording was appropriate:

'Occasionally, thoughts of suicide or self harm may occur or may increase in the first few weeks of treatment with fluvoxamine, until the antidepressant effect becomes apparent. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any distressing thoughts or experiences.'

Your variation to update the Faverin SPC is currently under assessment. I would be grateful if you would submit a revised PIL including the above statement.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries regarding this.

Yours sincerely

[text redacted S38 FOIA]

Senior Scientific Assessor

Pharmacovigilance Group

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