We went to visit the Columbine Memorial, and it was an emotional experience. I’ve been reading about Columbine for about ten years, and since we were so close, I wanted to go visit and pay my respects. Some of the stories that came out of this horrible point in history has touched me deeply. We should never forget this tragedy, nor the fact that this keeps happening.
Although each and every one of the victims hold a special place in my heart, I will end with a very popular quote by one of them that I try to live by everyday:
“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.” - Rachel Joy Scott
16 years ago (April 20th, 1999) - Two Columbine High School seniors, Eric Harris, & Dylan Klebold, killed 13 people in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. At about 11:20 a.m., Dylan and Eric, dressed in long trench coats, began shooting students outside the school before moving inside to continue their rampage. By the time SWAT team officers finally entered the school at about 3:00 p.m Klebold and Harris had killed 12 fellow students and a teacher, and had wounded another 23 people. Then, around noon, they turned their guns on themselves and committed suicide.
On April 20, 1999, two teens went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide. The crime was the worst high school shooting in U.S. history and prompted a national debate on gun control and school safety, as well as a major investigation to determine what motivated the gunmen, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17. There was speculation that the two committed the killings because they had been bullied, were members of a group of social outcasts that was fascinated by Goth culture, or had been influenced by violent video games and music; however none of these theories was ever proven.
At approximately 11:19 a.m., Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, dressed in trench coats, began shooting fellow students outside Columbine High School, located in a suburb south of Denver. The pair then moved inside the school, where they gunned down many of their victims in the library. By approximately 11:35 a.m., Klebold and Harris had killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded more than 20 other people. Shortly after 12 p.m., the two teens turned their guns on themselves.
“It brought the nation to its knees, but now that we’ve gotten back up how have things changed; what have we learned?”
16 years later, the nation is still being brought to its knees only to find itself asking the same questions.
May the Victims Never Be Forgotten:
Cassie Bernall Steven Curnow Dylan Klebold Rachel Scott Lauren Townsend Eric Harris Isaiah Shoels Dan Rohrbough John Tomlin Kyle Velasquez Daniel Mauser Corey DePooter Kelly Fleming William Sanders Mathew Kechter
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
~Rest in peace, you are always missed & never forgotten.~
Victims: Dylan Klebold Eric Harris Lauren Townsend Daniel Mauser
Dave Sanders Matt Ketcher Isaiah Shoels Corey DePooter Rachel Scott Cassie Bernall
John Tomlin Kelly Flemming Dan Rohrbough Steve Curnow Kyle Velasquez
Columbine High School Graduation day: Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Lauren Townsend and Isaiah Shoels would have graduated. Survivors (left to right) Jeanna Park, Lisa Kreutz, and Valeen Schnurr received their diplomas.