19-Year-Old Plans Mass Shooting So People Will Think She’s Cool (VIDEO)

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amanda bowdenI'm not sure which part of 19-year-old Amanda Bowden's story is the most disturbing: The fact that she's facing charges for allegedly planning a "Sandy Hook-style shooting" at a Connecticut community college, or that she now claims she wasn't "actually planning any shooting or bombing but was seeking to be accepted by the people she was exchanging messages with." Thankfully, whoever Bowden was texting about making napalm bombs and shooting security guards had the good sense to cooperate with the FBI, so we'll never know if her threats were, in fact, empty.

But the real question here is, when the hell did expressing the intent to kill lots of people at once become a way to earn ... acceptance?! I guess teens doing outrageous -- and outrageously stupid -- things to fit in or be "cool" is nothing new. But back when I was a kid, keg stands and the occasional mailbox-smashing/traffic cone-stealing were about as shocking as anyone's attention-getting stunts got.

I never, ever thought I'd see the day when teens would actually consider something like a mass shooting as a one-way ticket to popularity. And as a parent, I have to wonder: Are kids more desperate then ever to feel seen and heard or have we become so desensitized to violence as a society that planting a bomb in a community college is something that would even occur to a lonely 19-year-old??

Either way, something is very, very wrong here. How are we supposed to prevent things like this from happening? No doubt there will be some who say the only answer is for parents to spend more time with their kids in general. Which is a lovely idea, and one I'm sure many of us would like to try, if we didn't have the pesky problem of earning a living to support our families in the way. Or maybe we need to make sure all kids find some area -- a talent or hobby or sport or subject -- in which they excel, some positive way of getting attention. But that would imply that someone like Adam Lanza was merely lacking in extracurricular activities, and clearly the truth is a million times more complicated.

And, not that looks mean anything, but watch this clip and you'll see that Amanda Bowden appears to be just another 19-year-old -- nothing about here sets off any alarm bells:

So maybe she was only "faking." Really, it doesn't matter. I'm still scared.

Do you think teens are getting more twisted? Is there anything we can do to prevent these things from happening?

 

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fleur... fleurdelys3110

"I guess teens doing outrageous -- and outrageously stupid -- things to fit in or be "cool" is nothing new. But back when I was a kid, keg stands and the occasional mailbox-smashing/traffic cone-stealing were about as shocking as anyone's attention-getting stunts got."


This is so heinously offensive to teens that I don't know where to start. This has nothing do with her being a teen. And just a sidenote, even though nineteen has "teen" it in, I don't necessarily consider 19 year olds to be teengagers. There is a hugeee difference between the mental capacity of a 14 year old and 19 year old. This WOMAN knew what she was doing. She clearly has some other acceptance and self-esteen issues. But I am disgusted that you attributed her acts to her being a teenager. SO wrong. It's people like you that create mass hysteria surrounding teenagers and make everyone believe all teens are stupid and have issues. 

nicol... nicolemead91

i agree fleurdelys3310. couldnt have said it any better.

Vegeta Vegeta

You can be arrested for allegedly fake planning something? Hope they've got enough handcuffs for just about everyone on the internet.

Felly... FellyScarlett

With so many of these stories just going to my classes freaks me out. And that's sad.

Nycti... Nyctimene

But the real question here is, when the hell did expressing the intent to kill lots of people at once become a way to earn ... acceptance?!

When it became an instant way to celebrity. It's not necessarily about 'acceptance' as 'attention'. Now when you go to celebrity gossip sites like TMZ and Perez Hilton you can get your updates on James Holmes (Aurora theater shooting), Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook), Christopher Dorner (Crazy Cop), etc right along with your stories about Angelina Jolie, Robert Pattinson, etc. They become celebrities. We know more about them than all the victims of all the above put together. That's a lot of power for teens who often feel invisible and unable to make a 'name' for themselves in academics, sports or anywhere else [legal]. 

nonmember avatar Pete M

Lol this girl should not be compared to any normal teens. I know her personally. She is an outcast because of her actions. She is dilusional n twisted. She is FAR from normal. She tried killing me with a machete because I wouldnt fight a friend of mine who made fun of her wen I didnt even meet her yet. She showed up at my home whenn I wasnt there n destroyed EVERYTHING I owned including my clothes and stabbing my mattress several times. Wen I came home shewas there hiding and came at me with a machete.

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