You know what just popped into my head? That song we used to sing in elementary school: “Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to school we go / with razor blades and hand grenades / heigh-ho, heigh-ho / heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s home from school we go / with razor cuts and blown up butts / heigh-ho, heigh-ho.”
(Is there more? I don’t remember.)
What I’m trying to say is that we sang this gleefully in the early ’90s and, for all the research I do on school shootings and other violence, it’s never (to my knowledge) come back into my head post-Columbine. (Or, now that I’m thinking about it, the myriad other violent/semi-violent parodies we used to sing.)
Thanks, brain, for giving me something to think about this weekend.