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The Columbine Massacre

Updated on March 6, 2012

April 20th 1999

The Morning of Tuesday, April 20th, 1999 was just another average morning in the city Columbine. Students of Columbine High School in Colorado were waking up and getting ready to start their curriculum for the day. Some students were hustling out the door to catch there bus while others were getting in their cars heading on their way to school. Residents were hugging and kissing their loved ones goodbye saying "I'll see you this evening," as they headed on their way, but little did any of them know that this would be the last hug or kiss for them due to the tragedy that was about to unfold and a nightmare that was about to begin.

Footage Of What Happened

Part 2

Part 3

Eric Harris And Dylan Klebold

At 11:10 A.M. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold arrived at their school Columbine High School two hours late in separate vehicles. The two parked in spaces not assigned to them. The two students were armed duffel bags with propane bombs and set them inside the cafeteria of Columbine High School; they set the bombs to explode at 11:17A.M. The bombs failed to go off. Eric and Dylan decided to arm themselves with weapons and headed into Columbine High School to start a massacre that they had planned for this day.

At 11:19 A.M. the massacre began. The two shot people outside killing some and wounding others. A 911 call went out and an officer showed up at the school at 11:24A.M. Eric and Dylan fired 10 shots at the police officer and the officer fired back until he ran out of ammunition and called in a code 33 to get more help. Eric and Dylan made their way into the Main North Hallway of the school, where the pair started shooting at anyone they could see, and going to all different locations of the school, terrorising fellow students and teachers and killing many along the way.

Dave Sanders, a coach at Columbine, evacuated the cafeteria and ran into another student along the way as they were both trying to find safety. Eric and Dylan were coming around the corner and saw the two and began shooting, the bullets missed the student but hit Mr. Sanders in the chest. The pair continued on their shooting spree until they decided to end the massacre at 11:42A.M. Even thought the pair decided to stop killing other students, they still went through the school and set off bombs and shot at shelves; eventually the two made their way back to the library where they both committed suicide at 12:08P.M.

Part 4

The Cause Of The Shootings

No one really knows what really caused Eric and Dylan to go on this horrific killing spree. People say they were making videos of hate, they were even on psychotropic medicines and one of the those medications was called Zoloft. Some say they were retaliating because they were being bullied by the jocks at school and some even refer to these two individuals as " The Trench Coat Mafia." Whatever their reasoning was, it gave them no reason to go and play God and to take so many lives that dreadful day.

Part 5


Still to this Day you still here about shootings happening in school's across the world, one would think that Columbine would of been a lesson for so many, school officials, parents and children as well. We need to teach the children of today as well as the children of the future that killing isn't the answer. Schools also need to tighten the rules a little bit harder, parents need to discipline their children and pay close attention if there child has mental issues get them help if there being bullied, talk to school officials so it stops. We don't need another Columbine where so many lives are taken.


Still to this day I remember what happened at Columbine High School in Colorado it seems like it was only yesterday that I watched the events unfold on my television and cried along with many others. My heart goes out to all the victims as well as there family and friends that lost there loved one on that horrific day. In dedication to all of those precious lives I listed each individuals name in memory of them.


Rachel Scott 17

Daniel Rohrbough 15

Dave Sanders 47 Coach

Kyle Velasquez 16

Steven Cornow 14

Cassie Bernall 17

Isaiah Shoels 18

Matthew Kechter 16

Lauren Townsend 18

John Tomlin 16

Kelly Fleming 16

Daniel Mauser 15

Corey DePooter 17


Richard Castaldo 17

Sean Graves 15

Lance Kirklin 16

Micheal Johnson 15

Mark Taylor 16

Anne-Marie Hochhalter 17

Brian Anderson 16

Patti Nielson 35 Teacher that tried to help

Stephanie Munson 16

Evan Todd 15

Patrick Ireland 17

Daniel Steepleton 17

Makai Hall 18

Kacey Ruegsegger 17

Lisa Kreutz 18

Valeen Schnurr 18

Mark Kintgen 17

Nicole Nowlen 16

Jeanna Park 18

Jennifer Doyle 17

Austin Eubanks 17


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    • GlstngRosePetals profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      LABrasher: Thankyou and I have to admit it was a very hard article to write. Please let the families know that we still keep them in our prayers and hearts.

    • LABrashear profile image


      6 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      A very horrible, tragic event. I know several families directly affected by this. Some still have a tough time talking about it today. Thanks for remembering the victims.


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