School Shootings: The Columbine Generation Copes
A Columbine survivor speaks out about shool shootings and their impact on youths.
Columbine Survivor's Advice continued...
Lindholm says the best thing that
friends and family can do "is not push them to talk about anything. Just be
there for them when they're ready, if they ever are. And also not to take it
personally if there are spats of anger or if the person changed. Because this
is a life-changing thing."
Finally, Lindholm offers this
"I think one thing to keep in
mind is this is not going to define who they are. Even though right now it
feels like this is their whole world and it just came crashing down and their
lives are shattered, they are going to go to lunch again one day and laugh with
their friends and not think about this. And they're going to get through it,
even though it's going to take some time. And they can't be mad at themselves
if it takes six months, a year, five years, 10 years, because everyone has
their own pace in healing. But eventually, it will happen and if they keep that
in mind, I think there's light at the end of the tunnel."