Stephen King Pulled One of His Own Novels from the Shelves Because of their Connection with School Shootings!
Rage was the first novel published by best-selling author Stephen King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1977. It is about a disturbed Maine High School senior, Charlie Decker, who eventually holds his class hostage at gunpoint.
The novel's plot is vaguely similar to and seems to have inspired several occurrences of school shootings and hostage taking that occurred since the book's publication. Jeffery Lyne Cox, took a semi-automatic rifle to school, and held his humanities class of 60 students hostage for over 30 minutes before being disarmed by another student.
A friend of Cox told the press about Cox's connection to Rage. He had read, and strongly identified with, and been inspired the book. Dustin L. Pierce took his algebra class hostage with a shotgun and two hand guns in a 9-hour standoff with the police that ended without injury.
A copy of the novel was found amongst the possessions in his bedroom. There were 2 other incidents, and eventually King let Rage fall out of print in the United States in the fear that it might trigger even more of these occurrences.