December 27, 2012 |
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 |
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.
December 17, 2012 |
When it comes to events like the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., there are knowns, unknowns and, already, mis-knowns. A photograph of Ryan Lanza circulated asserting he was the shooter, when in fact it was his brother, Adam Lanza. Their mother, Nancy Lanza, whom Adam killed, was reported to have been a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, where the other shootings took place -- but she was not. The story of what happened Friday when 20 children and seven adults were killed has been written and rewritten, and it probably will be rewritten again.
November 17, 2012 |
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.
July 21, 2012 |
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - In the hot midday sun, two women stood alone at the simple stone memorial honoring those lost just across the field at Columbine High School 13 long years ago. Cyd Ovens read the inscriptions honoring the 12 students and one teacher slain, and began to shake, tears stinging her eyes. In the five years since the memorial opened, the 58-year-old from nearby Lakewood had never visited. But on Saturday, a day after learning of the movie theater massacre 20 miles away in Aurora, she felt drawn to it. "I'm just so heartsick," she said.
July 20, 2012 |
The movie theater massacre that took place in Aurora, Colo., early Friday morning unfolded about 15 miles from the scene of the Columbine High School shootings. Residents of Littleton, Colo., who lived through that 1999 rampage were badly shaken Friday morning by news of the latest bloodshed. The shooting at a midnight screening of the new Batman film,"The Dark Knight Rises," killed 12 people and injured at least 50. The Columbine shooting killed 12 students and 1 teacher; the two gunmen took their own lives as well.