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Months before the shooting, Harris and Klebold were arrested for breaking into a van. At Columbine, they joined a group of social outcasts and misfits who called themselves the “Trench Coat Mafia”—as the name suggests, members dressed in black trench coats. The two boys were known to detest Columbine’s student athletes. “There’s something deeply wrong Sara Schweitzberger, a 15-year-old Columbine student, said about anyone’s she took a gym class with Klebold and could tell he was a taking for granted troubled individual.

He suggests authorities would do well to address those types of issues rather than focus on the content of the games young people play. “The moral panic over violent video games is doubly harmful,” says Jenkins. “It has led adult authorities to be more suspicious and hostile to many kids who already feel cut off from the system. ”33 There Will Always Be Violent People Certainly, violent video games are an easy target. In both the Columbine and Newport cases, evidence surfaced linking the perpetrators with violent video game play.

23 Moreover, the authors of the study found a disturbing trend among participants—they preferred film and TV violence when it was perpetrated by the good guys or, at least, when the perpetrators were rewarded for committing violent acts. In the 1971 film Dirty Harry, for example, the tough San Francisco cop Harry Callahan, portrayed by Clint Eastwood, tracks a vicious killer whose acts are depicted on-screen. The authors of the study found that the viewers identified with the Callahan character and supported him even though he bent the law and used excessive violence to bring the killer to justice.

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