Guest Author - Vance Rowe
Monday, April 20, 2009, marked the ten year remembrance of the Columbine school shootings in Littleton, Colorado. On this fateful day in 1999, two troubled teen-agers named Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went to school that day with massacre on their minds. With the weapons and the bombs they had, it was a day that thirteen people were killed but could have been in the hundreds. According to journals and video tapes that were found in their homes after the fact, they had planned a massacre that could have killed in upwards of five hundred students and teachers.
They were planning on putting propane bombs in the cafeteria to go off about fifteen minutes after the lunch period had started. They had determined that this time would have been optimum for a massacre. After the bombs went off, they were going to be standing outside of the cafeteria and shoot any students who may have been able to escape the blast. It is not clear why they deviated from the plan and went on a shooting spree instead but it is known that their bombs did not go off so they went around and started shooting people instead. They shot people in and out of the cafeteria. They even went outside and shot students were eating lunch on the grass.
Apparently Eric Harris hated the world as it said so in one of his journals and on the cover of a journal he had written:
You know what I hate? Star Wars fans: get a friggin life, you boring geeks. You know what I hate? People, who mispronounce words, like 'acrost,' and 'pacific' for 'specific,' and 'expresso' instead of 'espresso.' You know what I hate? People who drive slow in the fast lane, God these people do not know how to drive. You know what I hate? The WB network!!!! Oh Jesus, Mary Mother of God Almighty, I hate that channel with all my heart and soul."
At about 12:30 PM, Klebold and Harris apparently committed suicide, thus ending there killing spree. It wasn’t until two hours later that the SWAT Team stormed the school. It took them that long because they had no idea what was happening in there and it is thought that during shootouts with the two boys, the police and SWAT Team had accidentally injured some students as well.
April 20, 1999 will never be forgotten and neither will the victims. The following is a list and ages of the dead victims.
Dave Sanders, age 47 – Teacher
Steven Curnow, age 14
Daniel Rohrbough, age 15
Daniel Mauser, age 15
John Tomlin, age 16
Kyle Velasquez, age 16
Matthew Kechter, age 16
Kelly Fleming, age 16
Cassie Bernall, age 17
Corey DePooter, age 17
Rachel Scott, age 17
Lauren Townsend, age 18
Isaiah Shoels, age 18
For a much more accurate and descriptive story of the shooting, please click on the links I have posted below the article.