New Evil in Pop Culture Blog Series Starts with Bad Advice

I’ve been wanting to start an Evil in Pop Culture series, and I Tried to Befriend Nikolas Cruz. He Still Killed My Friends in the New York Times seemed to be the trigger for the first post. So school shooters are category number one, but also bad advice to put oneself in harms way. Hmmm…what category would that fall under?

I posted this on Facebook for discussion. It pretty much says it all for this first post.

As a horror writer, I have to laugh at the idea that “acts of school violence can be prevented if students befriend disturbed and potentially dangerous classmates.” These are actions I’d have a character on a stories “kill list” do. Or to initiate stalking of an innocent character. There’s no amount of love that would bring a Friday the 13th or Halloween movie to a happy ending. If you’re thinking this is fiction, once upon a time, we told horrific fairy tales with bloody endings to prepare our children for the ways of the world. Back to reality, we nearly traumatize our young children about the dangers of going near strangers. So, this has my head spinning this morning.

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