Columbine High School massacre
|Columbine High School massacre|
|Location||Littleton, Colorado, U.S.|
|Date||April 20, 1999 |
11:19 am – 12:08 pm (MDT (UTC−6))
|Target||Students and staff at Columbine High School; and first responders|
|School shooting, mass murder, murder–suicide, arson, attempted bombing, shootout|
|Deaths||15 (including both perpetrators)|
|24 (21 by gunfire)|
|Motive||Unknown, but it looked like Harris had psychopathy and Klebold had depression|
The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting and attempted bombing at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, near Denver, that happened on April 20, 1999. Eighteen-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold carried out the massacre and were both students at the school. They murdered 12 students and one teacher using guns. Ten of the murders happened in the school's library, where they then killed themselves with their guns. Before the shootings, they had planted two large propane bombs in the school's cafeteria. They could have killed many people in there, but did not explode. They also planted two car bombs in the school's parking lot, which were supposed to kill first responders and news reporters. They also didn't explode. They also carried pipe bombs and molotov cocktails, which they lit and threw. Most of them exploded but nobody was injured or killed by any of the bombs used during the massacre.
After the shooting[change | change source]
After the shooting, many people wanted to know why it had happened. Many people thought that Klebold and Harris had done it because they were bullied, and schools in the United States began talking about how to stop bullying. However, it is now thought that Klebold and Harris were bullies themselves. Other people blamed parts of the media, saying that the lyrics of bands and singers like Marilyn Manson and violent video games that the shooters played might have caused it.
In 2002, filmmaker Michael Moore released a documentary movie called Bowling for Columbine that was about why the shooting happened and about the role guns have in American culture. In the movie, Moore interviewed Marilyn Manson.
Memorials[change | change source]
In 2000, youth advocate Melissa Helmbrecht organized a remembrance event in Denver. It featured two surviving students. It was called "A Call to Hope." The library (where most of the shooting happened) was removed and replaced with an atrium. In 2001, a new library, the HOPE memorial library, was built next to the west entrance.
References[change | change source]
- "Weapons". A Columbine Site. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
- 10 years later, the real story behind Columbine - USATODAY.com Archived 22 April 2012 at WebCite
- Bowling for Columbine: "I Want Them to Leave Angry"
- "Shrine and Its Removal Are Balms to Columbine". May 6, 1999 – via LA Times.
- Trent Seibert (April 12, 2000). "Young leaders to rally around volunteerism". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved April 20, 2004.
- "ew Library at Columbine Draws Praise at Unveiling". June 10, 2001.
- David Kelly (February 26, 2004). "The Horrors of Columbine Are Laid Bare in Evidence".