Andrew Solomon is interviewed by Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s The Lead.
After every shooting like the one at Arapahoe High School in Colorado Friday, the same two questions are asked: Why? And could this have been prevented?
Often people seek answers from the parents of the killer, who are quite often not forthcoming. Some parents go into hiding.
“It’s very comforting to hold the parents of the killers accountable, it makes us feel like the situation can be controlled,” said Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity. Solomon interviewed the parents of Colombine shooter Dylan Klebold multiple times over seven years.
But blaming parents is often misguided, says Solomon.
“Some of these kids come from very disturbed homes, but many of them have extremely loving parents who are trying to pay close attention to them,” said Solomon. The Klebolds “were really quite wonderful parents, and they had no idea what was going on in their son’s head. … We all like to think we know our children, that we know their inner lives. But people keep secrets from their parents,” said Solomon.
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