Summary Of The Novel Nineteen Minutes

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In the last 20 years school shootings have increased dramatically around the world and so have the reported incidents of bullying in schools. These two forms of violence have plagued the United States in recent years, but many believe they aren’t connected. In the novel Nineteen Minutes, the main character Peter experienced both forms of violence and ended up committing a horrible act that killed 9 of his fellow students and one teacher at his school. In this case Peter’s past experiences led him to do this devastating act, but some real life school shooters didn’t experience any forms of harassment. While many believe that bullying does not lead students to perform a mass shooting at their school, but the the past experiences of real school shooters as well as the main character Peter from the novel Nineteen Minutes will show that bullying and harassment causes students to do the unimaginable…show more content…
He was tormented by his fellow classmates until one day he was fed up and decided to take matters into his own hands. He ended up committing a mass murder at his school killing 10 people and injuring many more. There were many occurrences of harassment that Peter encountered in high school that affected him, one event of bullying that happened to Peter was when Matt Royston pulled his pants down in front of the whole school. This was devastating to Peter and the embarrassment that followed was a lot to handle for him. Another event that happened was an email that Peter sent to Josie that confessed his love to her was leaked to the whole school and this was private information that he didn’t want anyone else to know about. There were many more events that Peter experienced that affected him deeply emotionally and physically Due to all the occurrences he endured of bullying and harassment, he decided as an act of revenge to mass murder some of his
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