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    Pearl Jam's song "Jeremy"- a true story

    One of Pearl Jam's most powerful and well-known songs is Jeremy. The lyrics are as follows:


    At home
    Drawing pictures
    Of mountain tops
    With him on top
    Lemon yellow sun
    Arms raised in a V
    Dead lay in pools of maroon below

    Daddy didn't give attention
    To the fact that mommy didn't care
    King jeremy the wicked
    Ruled his world

    Jeremy spoke in class today
    Jeremy spoke in class today

    Clearly I remember
    Cickin' on the boy
    Seemed a harmless little f---
    But we unleashed a lion
    Gnashed his teeth
    And bit the recess lady's breast

    How could I forget
    He hit me with a surprise left
    My jaw left hurtin'
    Dropped wide open
    Just like the day
    Like the day I heard

    Daddy didn't give affection
    And the boy was something mommy wouldn't wear
    King Jeremy the wicked
    Ruled his world

    Jeremy spoke in class today
    Jeremy spoke in class today
    Try to forget this
    Try to erase this
    From the blackboard
    ~~~~~~~

    Here is the controversial video. It's heartbreaking, and always makes me cry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfx8IkW9z1g

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    oceanflower Guest
    Jeremy is about a real-life event in Richardson, Texas.

    Interview Where Eddie Vedder Discusses the Song Jeremy and its meaning for the First Time
    This quote was taken from the Synergy's Echoes page ( December, 1991 Houston, Texas, KLOL FM Echoes of Exposure with David Sadof )

    David Sadof: While Pearl Jam songs often deal with real-life occurrences, they manage to leave the songs open to the interpretation of their audience. Eddie Vedder explains this and talks about the song, Jeremy.

    Eddie: Actually, you know, I've kept a lot of songs or some of the lyrical content shrouded in mystery because just like the name we were mentioning before, it's been really great to get other people's interpretations and even inject themselves into the songs. That, to me, has been really fulfilling and then it becomes something bigger than just five guys in a band and this is their song. It allows somebody who's listening to it or has the need to listen to something intensely.. it allows them to be part of it...but I think, Jeremy, I decided I will start talking about what that song is about and actually, there's a place, a town called Richardson? There's a town called Richardson, is there?

    David Sadof: In Texas? Yeah, not far from here.

    Eddie: That's where it happened. It was in Richardson, Texas. I saw a small paragraph in the paper about a kid named, his first name was Jeremy and he took, he shot himself in the front of his English class. I think I'm going to have to go visit Richardson. I think we have some time...a day off in Dallas?

    Stone:
    We have a couple days off.

    Eddie
    : Yeah, it was Richardson High School, I think was the name.

    David Sadof: That wasn't that long ago, was it?

    Eddie:
    No, I wrote, I mean I literally wrote the song that night, I think...I don't know that much. I actually even thought about... I'm really divulging a lot here... and I should explain it...the fact that I thought of even calling up and finding out more, like I wonder why that happened? I wonder why he did it and it seemed like Richardson sounded to me like a decent suburb, middle if not upper class. The fact is, I didn't want to. I thought that was intruding completely and so... I actually knew somebody in junior high school, in San Diego, California, that did the same thing, just about, didn't take his life but ended up shooting up an oceanography room. I remember being in the halls and hearing it and I had actually had altercations with this kid in the past. I was kind of a rebellious fifth-grader and I think we got in fights and stuff. So it's a bit about this kid named Jeremy and it's also a bit about a kid named Brian that I knew and I don't know...the song, I think it says a lot. I think it goes somewhere...and a lot of people interpret it different ways and it's just been recently that I've been talking about the true meaning behind it and I hope no one's offended and believe me, I think of Jeremy when I sing it. "


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Rockline Interview 10/18/93

    Host
    : Live via satellite from Seattle, Rockline and Rolling Stone Magazine present a very special evening with Pearl Jam. And you, one on one. How ya doing? I'm Steve Downs. Tonight, Rockline is very proud to be in Seattle, home of long time Rockline affiliate KISW to give you the opportunity to speak with Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament of hometown heroes, Pearl Jam.

    Caller:
    Uh, yeah. There was this kid on Headbanger's Ball that took this school hostage and the parents were blaming the video, 'Jeremy' and stuff. I was wondering how they felt about parents blaming the music for violence and stuff?

    Eddie:
    Wow! I didn't even hear about that. Now, uh, I remember one night in this basement when I was writing that that I thought, man I guess they can't sue us for this one because I'm writing about it after it happened, you know? Some kid did this. I didn't make that up and that's a fact. It came from a small paragraph in a paper which means you kill yourself and you make a big old sacrifice and try to get your revenge. That all you're gonna end up with is a paragraph in a newspaper. Sixty-four degrees and cloudy in a suburban neighborhood. That's the beginning of the video and that's the same thing is that in the end, it does nothing nothing changes. The world goes on and you're gone. The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself. Be stronger than those people. And then you can come back. That's kinda what I did. Now all those people who were my enemies want to be my friends. They don't understand why, uh, I don't respond to them.

    Host:
    That's a great answer...

    http://www.sshep.com/jeremynew.htm

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    oceanflower Guest
    Here is the newspaper article reporting on the real events

    Richardson teen-ager kills
    himself in front of classmates

    By Bobbi Miller
    Annette Nevins
    Staff Writers of The Dallas Morning News

    Tuesday, January 8, 1991

    RICHARDSON - A Richardson High School sophomore, described as a loner who had been in counseling, fatally shot himself Tuesday in front of a classroom of about 30 students.

    Jeremy Wade Delle, 16, who had transferred from a Dallas school, died instantly after firing a .357-caliber Magnum into his mouth about 9:45 a.m. police said.

    Because he had missed class, the teacher in his second-period English class told Jeremy to get an admittance slip from the school office. Instead, he returned with the gun, police said.

    He walked directly to the front of the classroom.

    "Miss, I got what I really went for," he said, then placed the barrel in his mouth and fired, according to Sgt. Ray Pennington, a police spokesman.
    The shooting occurred before the students or teacher Faye Barnett could react, said school district spokeswoman Susan Dacus-Wilson.

    It stunned students and faculty members throughout the school at 1250 W. Belt Line Road.

    Brian Jackson, 16, said he was working the combination on his locker just outside Jeremy's English class when he heard a loud bang "like someone had just slammed a book on a desk."

    "I thought they were doing a play or something," he said. "But then I heard a scream and a blond girl came running out of the classroom and she was crying." Frightened, but curious, Brian looked into the classroom and saw Jeremy lying on the floor bleeding.

    "The teacher was standing against the wall crying and shaking," Brian said. "Some people were standing around her holding her as if to keep her from falling."

    Another student, Howard Felman, an 11th-grader, was in government class when he heard the shot. At first students joked about the noise, thinking that someone was playing around, he said.

    "But then we heard a girl running down the hall screaming," he said. "It was a scream from the heart."

    Sgt. Pennington said Jeremy apparently had given some thought to his actions because he left a suicide note with a classmate. Investigators would not disclose its contents.

    Principal Jerry Bishop said Jeremy's class attendance had been sporadic. Mr. Bishop said he had met with the boy and his father to discuss the problem.
    Police said that Jeremy had been in counseling with his father, but they did not know the specifics.

    Sgt. Pennington said police did not know where the youth got the gun and had no clue why he would kill himself in a crowded classroom.

    The classmates who witnessed the shooting were immediately ushered to a secluded room for counseling.

    About 30 members of the school district's volunteer crisis team arrived to counsel students.

    Classes continued throughout the day. Some students were allowed to leave early, but counselors encouraged them to stay at school and discuss their feelings

    Lisa Moore, 16, said she knew Jeremy from the in-school suspension program.

    "He and I would pass notes back and forth and he would talk about life and stuff," she said.

    She said Jeremy wanted to discuss the boy she was dating and also mentioned that he was having trouble with one of his teachers. He signed all of his notes, "Write back." But on Monday he wrote, "Later days."
    "I didn't know what to make of it," she said. "But I never thought this would happen."

    However, Sean Forrester, 17, remembered Jeremy as friendly with no outward signs of turmoil.

    "He never looked like he had anything wrong with him. He always made a joke over everything," Sean said.

    Jeremy was the son of Joseph R. Delle of Richardson, with whom he lived, and Wanda Crane. The couple divorced in 1979, according to Dallas County court records.

    Mr. Delle could not be reached for comment. Ms. Crane, through a spokesman, declined to comment.

    Tuesday's shooting was the first known teen suicide in a Richardson school. It was the first by a Richardson student since 1988, when student suicides prompted the creation of the crisis intervention program in May that year.
    Three Richardson students committed suicide during the first half of 1988. They included a sixth-grader and two sophomores at J. J. Pearce High School. One of the sophomores hanged himself from a tree behind Mohawk Elementary School during a weekend.

    In 1985, a 17-year-old Arlington student shot himself in front of four fellow students in the drama classroom at Arlington High School.

    Earlier, and outbreak of teen suicides in Plano, where eight youths killed themselves in 1983 and 1984, helped focus national attention on the plight of suicidal teen-agers.

    Students and counselors agreed that the shock of Jeremy's public demise would have a lingering effect on the Richardson students, particularly the witnesses.

    "They are going to go through a ton of sadness, anxiety and fear," said Sheryl Pender, a counselor with Willow Park Hospital in Plano and former director of the Suicide and Crisis Center in Dallas.

    Staff writer Jeffrey Weiss contributed to this report
    http://www.sshep.com/jeremynew.htm

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    The real Jeremy's yearbook picture.



    The school where Jeremy killed himself



    Jeremy's final resting place



    Jeremy is remembered in the school yearbook

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    For anyone who is depressed and needs to talk to someone, call 1-800-784-2433. They offer 24 hour communication and local resource information in your community.


    AND, if you know someone who has threatened suicide and don't know what to do, see this page:
    "Suicide: a permanent solution to a temporary problem.




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    i htink this is more prominent now because of the VT Incident
    great find
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

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    "vini, vidi, vici"
    "i came, i saw, i conquered" Julius Caeser

    "when in rome, do as the romans do"

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    Quote Originally Posted by the silent x View Post
    i htink this is more prominent now because of the VT Incident
    great find
    Well, the difference between the incident that "Jeremy" is based on and the VT incident a couple weeks ago is that while both students snapped, one took 30+ people with him and left countless gruesome memories; the other just left a disturbing image to say, the number of kids in the classroom, but only expended his own life.
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    true, some times i need to keep my mouth/ messages to myself
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

    W.B. Yeats

    "vini, vidi, vici"
    "i came, i saw, i conquered" Julius Caeser

    "when in rome, do as the romans do"

    life philosophy: "if one wants to succeed, they must become independent, if one wants to be independent, one must strive past the dificulties, using them to shape future desicions, like a sword being folded, every fold is a hardship overcome, and every fold removes one more imperfection that would destroy the completed version"

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    Quote Originally Posted by the silent x View Post
    true, some times i need to keep my mouth/ messages to myself
    Not at all. It was just an observation, that's all. We're happy to see your mouth/messages here.
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    thanks, i am just trying to prolong the thread, it's quite interesting
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

    W.B. Yeats

    "vini, vidi, vici"
    "i came, i saw, i conquered" Julius Caeser

    "when in rome, do as the romans do"

    life philosophy: "if one wants to succeed, they must become independent, if one wants to be independent, one must strive past the dificulties, using them to shape future desicions, like a sword being folded, every fold is a hardship overcome, and every fold removes one more imperfection that would destroy the completed version"

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