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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 perspective.

"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."

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Reviewed on February 20, 2008

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