It's just business as usual in our kids' schools: Metal detectors, security guards and emergency response drills. It wasn't always that way. It took one of the most horrific school tragedies to turn our kids' schools into semi-protected fortresses of learning.
It all happened April 20, 1999 when two Littleton, Colorado teenage boys wearing menacing black trench coats laden with guns and explosives stormed their high school, killing 12 classmates and a teacher before turning guns on themselves.
Ireland tells ABC News he has moved on with his life, but had to convince his mother to do the same. "She was harboring a lot of anger," Ireland, "to sum it up, I basically said, 'Please forgive them.' She looked and asked, 'Why?' Because they were confused and didn't know what they were doing."In the past, media attention focused on killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. But today, Oprah Winfrey opted to cancel her prepared show commemorating today's anniversary because, as she wrote on Twitter, "I decided to pull the Columbine show today. After reviewing it, I thought it focused too much on the killers. Today, hold a thought for the Columbine community. This is a hard day for them,"
Our hearts go out to all the survivors and families of the Columbine tragedy.