Dateline takes a look back at the tragedy with Sam Granillo in a special called “The Road Home.” Granillo, now 32, travels with NBC’s Lester Holt meeting students, parents and teachers who have been victims of other school shootings. The road trip brings the pair from Jonesboro, Arkansas to Red Lake, Minnesota to Dekalb, Illinois, to Virginia Tech. The journey concludes as Granillo returns to Columbine, confronting many long-held fears.
“Sam was one of 17 people at Columbine High School barricaded in an office near the school’s cafeteria, where much of the massacre took place. The students quickly noticed that there was no lock on the office door, so Granillo shoved his toes into the bottom of the door and laid on the ground to use his body weight to wedge it shut.
“A couple minutes later the doorknob turns,” Granillo recalled. “And it’s just like in a horror movie almost, when you’re trying to be quiet and the doorknob starts to turn and you know what’s on the other side. And everyone in my room, which was a tiny office, started pushing on my knees and shoulders trying to brace me. We were fighting the door shut against the shooters.” He cannot be sure who was on the other side of the door, but assumes it was Klebold and Harris. Sam was later rescued by the SWAT team.
Officials began to let Granillo and other students still leaving the school run up a nearby hill to safety. “I run up the hill and I look down and there’s a girl who had been killed laying on her back – which was my friend Rachel. I didn’t know that at the time – and I almost tripped over her,” Granillo said, referring to Rachel Scott, a 17-year-old student who was shot to death on the lawn along the west entrance to the school while eating lunch with friend Richard Castaldo who Sam was supposed to join to eat lunch with both of them that day.
Today Sam is working on a documentary called Columbine: Wounded Minds and still feels survivors guilt to this day. “
POOR WHITE PEOPLE!!!! This year they had to put up with about 5 hit tv shows that were mostly filled with actors of color :( :( :( God their lives are so hard.
60+ years of white dominated tv and now a few tv shows with minorities in it???? What’s next poc on the big screen???? J law and Scarlett Johansson won’t be the only actresses considered for a movie role?????
STOP WHITE GENOCIDE!!! The whites have it so hard in Hollywood you guys they don’t deserve it
(I just summed up the article so you won’t had to fry your brain with the ignorance)
*My friend when I told her about that dude who was stalking me*
*Her* “So...are you worried?”
*Me* “Well, I was. Then I realized I’ve seen enough news shows and crime documentaries to realize that all young women who get tragically murdered are always ‘bubbly’ and ‘full of life.’ But I’m most definitely not. Thus, my survival is ensured.”
*Me* “This is sound logical thinking, you know. Who are you to doubt Dateline?”