A woman stands over her daughter, who is lying down on the floor drenched in her own blood. The hole in her body, caused by the gunshot, is gushing out so much blood that the color of her shirt has turned completely red. The mother in profound confusion says quietly to herself, "Why?" On April 20, 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into their high school and started shooting their fellow students, and by the time it was all over 13 were dead including themselves. All the students of that school that knew them, all the teachers, all of the police, and all the parents had the same question, "Why." Why did two young boys do this, and how could this have happened? One of the many reasons behind violence among teenagers today is a lack of parental attention.
Three different young people who were involved with some kind of violence all had a lack of parental attention as they were growing up in their homes. Eric Harris, one of the killers at Columbine High School had a lack of communication between his parents, which therefore enabled Eric to maintain the appearance of normalcy, while secretly planning the fulfillment of his angry, violent fantasies. The mere fact that he had a bomb plan in his bedroom the entire time proves that his parents obviously did not pay very much attention to him. Eric's father is a pilot, and his mother works at a catering company. They worked many long hours each week. "The tragedy of our workplace today is that it is not set up to honor commitment to family. Our young people are in a spiritual crisis, crying out at us for a clear sense of what is right and what is wrong, and often, we are too busy doing something else to stop and listen," says Stephen L. Carter, a professor of law at Yale University. .
Another person named Joe, who is now twenty-eight, shares of his family life growing up, and how it has caused him as a teenager to turn to violence.