dustin gorton

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm sorry to bother but I'm really confused. You mentioned before that Dustin Gorton was not a senior but in the yearbook file his name appears in the senior index, was it possible another guy with the same name?

The veeeery interesting thing about Dustin Gorton in the CHS ‘99 yearbook is that he is mentioned as “not pictured” at the end of the Junior photos but his name also appears in the Senior index at the back. Which is pretty darn puzzling. Possible yearbook error? Not sure. In researching further I’ve seen articles describing him as, at times, as a Junior and in other articles, as a Senior. I always assumed he was Senior until I noticed he was referenced in the Junior photos section which gave me pause. His date of birth is 1980 which you would think would slam dunk him as a Senior but age isn’t always the determination because like Rachel Scott, his parents could’ve held him back a year from starting school. Still, I tend to think he’s a Senior. The guy sitting to the left of Nate in the Senior class photo (in the gym) looks like Dustin but when I read him as part of the Junior section in the yearbook, I recanted my position that it was Dustin. If it’s a yearbook error, it’s a pretty glaring one because Dustin not having a Senior class photo in the yearbook nor being mentioned as ‘not pictured’ would’ve been annoying for him and his parents I would think. The Senior yearbook is a pretty big deal to not be categorized in the right place.


On April 19, 1999, a day before the massacre, Dylan Klebold, Dustin Gorton, a junior, and Eric Jackson, a senior, filmed a “Breakfast” video called “American Dream” for a school project since Dylan was concerned about his grades. Jackson filmed the video and actually had it in possession in his backpack when the massacre began at Columbine.The video was filmed in Gorton’s 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle at the Burger King at 6797 W Ottawa Ave, Littleton, CO 80128.

When  the shooting started, Dustin Gorton was having lunch with his buddy, Brett Kostalnick, in the cafeteria. With about a half dozen other students, the two ducked into the bathroom and waited for nearly two hours before making a break for it. During the escape, they became separated. “That’s when I got scared, really scared,” said Dustin, who didn’t realize that Brett had gone to help others. For 45 minutes, Dustin waited with rescuers outside, fearing the worst. When he finally spotted his friend he ran to give him a hug. It was something he’d never done before, but in the days after the shooting, the two hugged whenever they saw each other - glad to be friends, glad to be still alive.