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 Why did Eric kill himself first?

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PostSubject: Why did Eric kill himself first?   Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:43 pm


When you're plan something so grand and destructive it's one thing. When you're plan it with someone else, it's another. We don't know who exactly had the idea for NBK. My guess is that Eric had wanted to cause major destruction by doing something, but didn't know what exactly and maybe even felt he, himself, could not do it alone. If Eric hadn't gone through with NBK though, I do see him doing something in his mid 20's if he hadn't matured and gotten help. However, I believe Dylan sprained the idea one day when the two were talking about NBK by Oliver Stone and possibly other "shoot 'em up" movies and subjects of similar nature. We will never know now.. but one day the joke becomes a plan and the two get hell bent on it.

You have to think. Eric and Dylan were planning this. Was there no second guessing for each of them? Did Eric have hunches Dylan might wuss out and tell his parents or the cops about their plans? Did Dylan think Eric might blow the whole project while having an angry outburst at someone like his parents or consoler? Possibly. But to have such an enforced agreement to "blow the school up" while not saying a word for months speaks volumes about the relationship of the two. Such a pact. Eric may not have been Dylan's best friend, but Eric was the one Dylan saw he could do the deed with while committing suicide. Eric, however, thought of Dylan as his best friend and the person he could trust the most, especially with planning for NBK.

This is where my question comes in. Why did Eric go and kill himself first before Dylan? I feel like barely anything was said before Eric just paced over to the bookshelves, sat down and stuck the shot gun in his mouth. Was Dylan dumbfounded, that one moment they were shooting at cops and the next he hears a shot gun blast and it's Eric killing himself? Did they have a conversation when gearing up saying, " Hey, when the time comes to go, we're just gonna go on our own terms." Was the plan so badly botched to Eric, having a broken nose, and feeling like a complete failure because the bombs didn't go off he just thought, screw it I'm out?

One thing that may have nothing to do with the situation that sticks out for me, is when Eric is writing in his journal on a small rant about women. He writes, " Deal with it or commit suicide, just do it quick."

"Just do it quick." Before you have time to think about or feel anything else...? Was that why Eric killed himself first? Or perhaps he was just done with everything. And Dylan ... the one thing that he didn't want to do alone, was the last thing he ever did. Kill himself alone.

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PostSubject: Re: Why did Eric kill himself first?   Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:54 pm

This pretty much sums up what I think. I don't think Eric really said anything. I think he stopped shooting at the cops, walked over to the bookshelf, sat down and killed himself. Dylan was still playing around with a Molotov.

Dylan had a shotgun bullet in his boot. I think he put that bullet there to ensure he had a bullet to shoot himself with. I think Dylan changed his mind and decided to use the Tec 9 because he saw how the shotgun blew part of Eric's head off.

Dylan had been wanting to commit suicide for awhile but could never bring himself to do it. Even at the very end, I think he still hesitated.

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PostSubject: Re: Why did Eric kill himself first?   Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:06 pm

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Dylan had been wanting to commit suicide for awhile but could never bring himself to do it. Even at the very end, I think he still hesitated.


[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  I do think Dylan kind of stalled a wee bit before he was finally able to pulled the trigger. It also makes me wonder what the 19 years following Columbine would have been like IF he had chickened out and not killed himself.

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