Columbine “MYTHS” & Rally In Denver

Rally in Denver for Ten Year Anniversary of Columbine

Ten years ago this month the violence and suicide caused by SSRI antidepressants gained international recognition in headlines all over the world when it became known that one of the teen shooters at the Columbine massacre, Eric Harris, had taken Zoloft in the past and was on Luvox at the time of the murder-suicide spree.

A friend of Dylan Klebold, the other shooter, would later come forward to say she had been trying to help Dylan get off Paxil and Zoloft.

A total of 12 students and one teacher would be killed, and 24 others wounded on April 20, 1999, before the two teens ended the rampage by committing suicide.

Mark Taylor was a victim of Columbine. At age 13, he was hit with between six to thirteen bullets during the rampage. After realizing he’d been shot, Mark says he laid still and pretended to be dead until the shooting ended.

Mark had to endure three years of follow-up surgeries for the gunshot wounds. He has sued Solvay Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Luvox, and blames the drug for causing the murderous behavior of Eric Harris.

A rally is scheduled to mark the anniversary of Columbine in Denver next week led by Dr Ann Blake-Tracy, the Executive Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, and the author of the book, “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare”.

Dr Tracy has served as a consultant in Mark’s lawsuit against Solvay.

She plans to hold a press conference in Denver to once again warn the pubic about SSRI related violence and suicide. “Media attention for this issue is hard to come by,” Dr Tracy says, “because all of the major advertisers for the media are drug companies.”

On April 13, 2009, she became outraged upon reading an article in USA Today which erroneously stated: “Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren’t on antidepressant medication…”

Dr Tracy wants to know how a reporter could miss a major lawsuit against the manufacturer of Luvox and says: “Where does he think a lot of what we have on Columbine came from?”

“Discovery in lawsuits is where we get a lot of information,” she reports.

As long ago as November 5, 2002, and article in the Denver Post specifically explained that Harris had been on Zoloft and was switched to another drug when stating:

“In April 1998, Harris told his diversion counselor he’d had trouble with his medication for depression, Zoloft. A few nights before, he had been unable to concentrate and felt restless. His doctor told him they would change medications, but he would have to wait two weeks until Zoloft was out of his system. Two weeks later, Harris reported feeling better without Zoloft and was looking forward to starting the new prescription.”

As far back as March 22, 2004, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory with the following warning: ”Anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia (severe restlessness), hypomania, and mania have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants for major depressive disorder as well as for other indications, both psychiatric and non-psychiatric.”

The International Coalition for Drug Awareness website has a link to the “SSRI Stories” and a collection of more than 2,900 stories, mostly on SSRI related violence and suicide, with links to full articles that have appeared in the media, scientific journals or were part of the testimony given at FDA hearings on antidepressants in 1991, 2004 and 2006.

The false denials of a link between SSRIs and violence and suicide by the Big Pharma funded MSM will likely pick up speed throughout the year because it looks like several lawsuits against the SSRI makers are finally going to make it to a jury in 2009. The first suicide trial is scheduled in early May against Paxil maker GlaxoSmithKline.

In the last SSRI lawsuit that made it to a jury in 2001, Houston attorney, Andy Vickery, won a multimillion dollar verdict against GlaxoSmithKline, in a case where a man shot his wife, daughter, and infant granddaughter in a matter of days after he started taking Paxil, before turning the gun on himself.

Evelyn Pringle

(Evelyn Pringle is a columnist for Scoop Independent News and an investigative journalist focused on exposing corruption in government and corporate America)

One thought on “Columbine “MYTHS” & Rally In Denver

  1. Just sent in my letter to the magazine:
    letters@usatoday. com

    Dear USA Today, Greg Toppo, and Marylin Elias:

    Re: http://www.usatoday .com/news/ nation/2009- 04-13-columbine- myths_N.htm? se=yahoorefer

    Sometimes police officers make mistakes, but your “sources” for your Columbine article notwithstanding, this is the most irresponsible and utterly false piece of journalism I have ever seen. Columbine, like almost every other school shooting, took place for one reason only and that is because of violence-inducing antidepressants or other dangerous psychotropic drugs.

    I just noticed on the FRONT PAGE of Yahoo News the bogus piece of reporting you are publicizing. I don’t even have the patience to read the whole thing. Once I read that you claim that “police now say” the boys were not taking antidepressants, I can barely stand to look at the article. It sickens me to think that Yahoo News & USA Today would attempt to spread rumors and rewrite history. But I have seen this type of claim before and it’s obviously a desperate tactic taken when people start hearing the truth and the mental health industry is searching for some kind of foothold to convince people that the antidepressants didn’t play a role in someone’s death.

    What really sickens me is the amount of absolute disregard for the lives of children it would take to publish these lies. Our schools and our children are put in greater danger now because your article will take hold and spread rumors that are completely false, and yet I have serious doubts that anyone at your paper would care. Next time we have a school shooting (hey, there’s probably one happening right now), maybe you should issue a preemptive press release stating that the shooter was not on antidepressants – before you even check to see if that’s true, because you feel that if he or she were, then it wouldn’t have happened.

    I suppose you could then start reporting that Andrea Yates was not on a bunch of psych meds when she drowned her kids, that Kurt Cobain had not just been in the psych ward and escaped to kill himself while under the influence of psych drugs, that Phil Hartman’s wife Brynn was not on Zoloft when she shot him, or that Ernest Hemingway never got Electroshocked right before he killed himself. Maybe next you can claim that 9/11 never even happened, given the level of fiction you choose to report as fact.

    Check the court records of the lawsuit referenced below concerning the victims suing the manufacturer of Luvox which Eric Harris was on. According to the accounts and records obtained about both Harris and Klebold, both boys took at least two antidepressants each. I urge you to print a correction immediately.

    You don’t have to bother trying to convince me that they were not on the meds, or that meds don’t cause violence. I know the truth and will tell it. I have been on Zoloft myself and I know it causes homicidal urges becuase I lived it. The only thing I am left wondering about your paper is how much you were paid or who directed this article to be written.

    Have a “nice” day.


    Amy Philo

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