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Laughing as they killed, two youths clad in dark ski masks and long black coats fired handguns at will and blithely tossed pipe bombs into a crowd of their terrified classmates Tuesday inside a suburban high school southwest of Denver, littering halls with as many as 23 bodies and wounding at least 25 others.
April 24, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - As parents of young girls and as two of Hollywood's most prolific producers, Kathy Kennedy and Frank Marshall believed that "Columbine," journalist Dave Cullen's exhaustive investigation of the 1999 school massacre, contained compelling and often untold stories that needed to be shared with a larger audience. So when the book was published five years ago, the producers of "Lincoln" and "The Bourne Identity" purchased its rights, hoping to turn "Columbine" into a feature directed by "The Social Network's" David Fincher.
April 25, 1999 | Richard Rodriguez, Richard Rodriguez, an editor at Pacific News Service, is the author of "Days of Obligation."
After the ribbons fade, after the dead are laid to rest, after the reporters drift away, the last casualty of the massacre at Columbine High School may turn out to be the idea of public school. Public school. We used to know what that concept meant. Earlier generations understood, in a nation as individualized as ours, that we needed an institution, a school, where children would learn to regard themselves as people in common. After Littleton, Colo., who wonders about Yugoslavia?
December 18, 2013 | Jenny Deam
As she does every day, Kay Cates asked her 10-year-old son how his school day went. He shrugged. "We did math. We did reading. We had a lockdown," the Boulder fourth-grader replied. She froze. When pressed, the boy matter-of-factly explained the protocol he has rehearsed since kindergarten: "We hid so in case a man with a gun came he can't find us. " That was Dec. 4. Nine days later, across the Denver metro area in Centennial, a man with a gun came to Arapahoe High School.
Like many mental health providers around the country, counselors here feared that in the wake of the Columbine High School shootings, those needing help would either be too traumatized or too stigmatized to ask for it. As exhausted counselors in the region can attest, nothing could be further from the truth.
November 17, 2012 | By Jenny Deam
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - In a new book, the mother of one of the Columbine High School killers admitted that on that terrible morning, as she realized her son was involved, she prayed he would not emerge alive. “I had a sudden vision of what he might be doing. And so while every other mother in Littleton was praying that her child was safe, I had to pray that mine would die before he hurt anyone else,” Sue Klebold told author Andrew Solomon, whose book, “Far From The Tree,” explores the family life of atypical children, including those who commit crimes.
May 13, 1999
Re: the tragedy at Columbine High School: The line between movies, TV and reality is blurring. GERALDINE FORER SPAGNOLI Calabasas
May 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
A Columbine High School basketball star who witnessed last year's shooting rampage--losing one of his best friends--hanged himself in his garage as a CD, set to replay continuously, blared a song with the words: "I'm too depressed to go on." It was the second suicide among friends or relatives of the Columbine High victims, shocking the community two weeks after the first anniversary of the massacre. Greg Barnes, a 17-year-old who averaged 26.
April 24, 1999 | Associated Press
A special address has been designated for cards and letters to Columbine High School students, family and staff: Messages for Columbine, Communications Services, Jefferson County Public Schools, P.O. Box 4001, Golden, CO 80401-0001.
April 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
President Clinton will visit Colorado on the eve of the first anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings to promote a state ballot initiative that would require background checks for firearm purchases at gun shows, a senior White House official said. White House Chief of Staff John Podesta said the trip also would attempt to increase pressure on Congress.
December 16, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The parents of a Colorado high school student who critically wounded a classmate before fatally shooting himself apologized Monday and said they were praying for his victim's recovery. "We are shattered by the tragic events that took place on Friday at Arapahoe High School," Barbara and Mark Pierson said in a statement to local media. Karl Pierson, 18, killed himself with a shotgun blast to the head after storming through Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. Officials said he fired several shots while moving through the school, apparently in search of his debate-team coach, who had recently disciplined him. Before shooting himself in the library, he shot Claire Davis in the face, apparently at random, officials said.
December 13, 2013 | By Jenny Deam and Michael Muskal
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Authorities and parents searched for answers Friday after a student at a suburban Colorado high school opened fire on teachers and students, wounding two before killing himself - the latest incident to fray the nation's nerves already drawn taut by repeated episodes of gun violence. The gunfire occurred about 10 miles from the site of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School that killed 13, and almost a year to the day after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 26. There have been 28 school shootings this year, according to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
December 13, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla and Jenny Deam
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Armed with a shotgun, a student entered Arapahoe High School and opened fire, hitting two other students before fatally turning the weapon on himself in the latest incident to confront a nation already debating the effects of repeated episodes of gun violence. In a series of news conferences, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the shooter entered Arapahoe High School in Centennial armed with a shotgun and looking for a specific teacher whose name the gunman called out. The student made no effort to hide the shotgun as he walked through the halls, deep into the building.
December 13, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Shock,  horror and grief poured out over social media Friday as an all-too-familiar scenario played out when a student opened fire inside Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. It was just a day before the anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and less than 10 miles from Columbine High School, where the fatal shooting of 12 students and a teacher by a pair of fellow pupils in 1999 was the first in what became a national wave of deadly school shootings. Police said a student on Friday afternoon fired shots at Arapahoe High School, about 15 miles south of downtown Denver, then killed himself.
May 28, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
It was the "worst-case scenario," according to notes recovered by police in western Oregon. In that plan, according to newly revealed court documents, Grant Acord wrote that he was going to go to his first-period class at West Albany High School, duck out to the parking lot, throw a firebomb and then "cooly state" a line from the movie "Bad Boys II" right before the carnage began: "The Russian Grim Reaper is here. " But Acord, 17, was arrested before carrying out any such plan at the 1,400-student school.
January 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - The gunman stalked the dormitory halls yelling "I'm going to kill somebody," pounding and kicking on doors, and firing his weapon in the air. The resident assistants remembered their training: turn off the lights, barricade the doors with chairs and tables, lie flat on the floor, push back if the killer tries to bust in, or jump out a window if it isn't too high. The drama was all staged but with a life-saving purpose Tuesday as a dormitory at San Diego State became a stand-in for Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary and the engineering building on the campus here - all scenes of deadly rampages.
April 23, 1999
The U.S. Postal Service has established a special national mailing address for people wishing to support those involved with the Columbine High School tragedy in Littleton, Colo. Mail should be addressed to: Messages for Columbine, Communication Services, Jefferson County Public Schools, P.O. Box 4001, Golden, CO 80401-0001.
April 24, 1999
The weapons used in the Columbine High School shooting included a semiautomatic handgun, a rifle and two sawed-off shotguns. The Intratec AB-10 handgun is popular among ciminals. From 1989 o 1993, it ranked in the top 10 firearms traced by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in connection with crimes.
December 27, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Breaking a weeklong silence after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Wayne LaPierre was unapologetic and unambiguous as he stood before a pack of reporters and a phalanx of cameras. "I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school - and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January," LaPierre, the vice president of the National Rifle Assn., said.
December 23, 2012 | By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
It was the Connecticut school massacre that never happened. A 16-year-old junior was stockpiling guns in his bedroom closet for an attack on April 10, 2007. In a red folder on his nightstand, he kept a map of his high school in the town of Newington, a hit list of more than 20 classmates, a timeline of a killing plan that ended with his own suicide, and photos of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris of Columbine infamy. But Frank Fechteler never had the chance to carry out his plot; a girl had caught word of the planned attack and told her parents and the police.
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