NASHVILLE TN: When the news broke about the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado, {{Temple Yard}} lead singer Erik Sundin felt both the pain of the students and community as a 1989 graduate of Columbine High School, and the irony of being the band spokesperson for the Artists Against Violence "Peacemaker" campaign since it was announced by Temple Yard and {{Bleach}} in Denver at the 1998 Youth Specialties Convention.

Since the Denver launch, Artists Against Violence has been promoted to thousands of kids through tours featuring artists such as Bleach (The Peacemaker Tour), Temple Yard (the Petra Tour), and the {{Newsboys}}. Each tour is promoting the toll free number, 800-HELP-4-ME, as well as timely information written by New Life Clinics pertinent to assessing rage.

More notably, the headlines this week underscore the need for such an organization, for such a hotline. The tragedy at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado struck home here in our office in two ways. Temple Yard's Erik Sundin, the Columbine graduate, addresses the Artists Against Violence issue as he begins the song "Tell Me.

The other connection is through a longtime friend and former police partner of AAV founder, Robert Michaels. His friend's daughters attend Columbine, and had left the school for lunch moments before the shooting began.

It doesn't stop in Colorado. The news since Columbine is filled with copycat pranks, lists of students, and questions of how does it stop? Who would have ever thought it could happen there? Where will it happen next? Consistent with other such incidents, there were ample symptoms to raise attention, but, as in other tragedies, students didn't know what to look for, or didn't know how to help.

This is why Artists Against Violence exists. Yes, there are indeed artists and their songs which create some of the problem, glorifying violence and suicide. Music, however, is not the problem - it's what it says. Moreover, beyond music is the question of adequate parenting. Our hope is that, through a medium that connects with youth, hope can be offered. The platform AAV artists enjoy is used to promote life, to offer help.

Make your constituency aware of the toll free number. Download the material written by New Life Clinics and review it - share it. There is no charge. Please help us stop the madness.

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