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I Was Almost A School Shooter: Aaron Stark @ TEDxBoulder (Transcript)

Aaron Stark at TEDxBoulder

Full transcript of Aaron Stark’s TEDx Talk: I Was Almost A School Shooter @ TEDxBoulder conference.

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I was almost a school shooter.

In 1996, Denver, Colorado, I was a student in North High. In a moment of pain and anger, I almost committed a terrible atrocity.

Growing up I’d learned early on there was a strange comfort and calmness in darkness. I was always the new kid. My family was violent and aggressive, drug-addicted parents. We were moving from place to place, went to 30 or 40 different schools, always seemed to be going to a new school every other week.

You woke up at 4 o’clock in the morning by cops, to run across the country to end up at a school for a couple of weeks and then have to do it all again a couple of days later.

I was the perpetual new kid, and since I also had such an unstable household, I wasn’t helped by the fact that I smelled really bad, because I never had a shower, or didn’t really have any clean clothes. All my clothes were dirty and torn.

I liked comic books at a time when kids didn’t really like people who liked comic books that much. So every time I went to a new school I was in a new set of bullies.

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