The front page headline today on a Cleveland Plain Dealer story about the teen school shooting on the Indian Reservation in Bemidji, MN read: What Drove Teen Killer? I have some thoughts: America committed genocide on the Native Americans, then cloistered those who were left on Reservations. Also with those who were left, we forced them into boarding schools to teach them to abandon their language and culture — and in all this we depressed a big part of their self esteem and spirit as well. (On a campaign trip to an Indian Reservation in Gallup, New Mexico several years ago, a Native American there told me his people suffer from: Post Traumatic ‘Colonial’ Stress Disorder (PTCSD)). This state of mind has been passed on through generations, mixed with a good deal of unemployment, alcohol, drugs, broken homes… Then along comes Chippewa Jeff Weise, 16, who has inherited transgenerational PTCSD, whose father committed suicide four years ago, whose mother is in a nursting home with brain damage from a car accident, who lives in a society where violence and death are regular fare on TV and video games, who learned about Hitler, who… all the makings of an emotional cauldren that could explode at any time. And did. My point: Something like this doesn’t happen in a vaccuum. There are systemic problems that need to be dealt with on deep levels across the board in our society — or it will happen again, and again… To simply pass this off as a teen whose fascination with Hitler and Naziism went too far is, well, unbelievably short-sighted.