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A Question of Morality
on 7 February 2004
The deeply disturbing thing about this book is not the brutal murder at its core but my reaction to those who started out as victims and finished up as anything but, and the "bully" who was in effect reduced to less than dirt.
In particular, what I found so disturbing was the way that Shultz was able to get me as a reader to see that there is a grey area in murders - it isn't a question of did they kill, for that goes without saying. But if they did, are they guilty of murder? Are they responsible for they're actions? Isn't the murder a predictable response to the years of abuse that they had suffered? There is a constant and uncomfortable presence of this idea of a thin line between good and evil and the duality that exists within the individual.
I found myself literally at his mercy as I was exposed to some of the most brutal forms of assault and found myself sympathising more with the killers than I did with the eventual victim. But as the book unfolded, I was forced to question my own vision of morality – is it only self-defence if you are protecting yourself at the time? Can it be self-defence if you are trying to protect yourself from the future? When does it cease to be self-defence and turn out to be brutal murder?
I cannot say, but in reading the book it is certainly a question that will need to be answered.
The story - Absolutely tragic. A terrible waste of young minds - young lives. But what is really awful is that this can happen again, because after all, the people involved at the centre are just that - people. You’ll be surprised how much like them you really are.
A ‘must’ on the bookshelf for any parent. A ‘must’ on the bookshelf for any teenager. "Bully: A True story of High School Revenge" is a fantastic story about love, hate, loyalty, betrayal and innocence lost.