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Columbine, 11 Years Later

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Today marks the 11th anniversary of the Columbine massacre. On April 20, 1999, 17-year-old Dylan Klebold and 18-year-old Eric Harris killed 12 students and one teacher in the deadliest American high-school shooting spree of all time.

dylan klebold and eric harris

Susan Klebold, Dylan's mother, has never given a public interview, but she wrote an eight-page essay in Oprah's O magazine last spring, detailing her disbelief and anguish.

"For the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused," she wrote. "I cannot look at a child in a grocery store or on the street without thinking about how my son's schoolmates spent the last moments of their lives. Dylan changed everything I believed about myself, about God, about family and about love."

Susan admitted that she had no idea her son was in any emotional turmoil. Experts who've analyzed Dylan's writings concluded that he was depressed and suicidal. "I'd had no inkling of the battle Dylan was waging in his mind," Susan wrote.

It's more important now than ever to be able to spot the warning signs of suicidal thoughts and depression in our teens -- so we can take action before it's too late.

Our hearts go out to the families of the vicitims of the Columbine tragedy.


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Jeff April 20, 2010, 7:49 AM

I wrote an email to one of the school officials right after this happened and asked what they were going to do with teh library. My suggestion was to take out the ceiling put in a glass one and make it into a small arboretum where people could go to pray, meditate and heal. I have wondered since what happened with it. I did get a reply from the nice lady but it is long since gone from my email. I am interested what happened to it, can someone let me know?

Jeff April 20, 2010, 7:50 AM

I wrote an email to one of the school officials right after this happened and asked what they were going to do with the library. My suggestion was to take out the ceiling put in a glass one and make it into a small arboretum where people could go to pray, meditate and heal. I have wondered since what happened with it. I did get a reply from the nice lady but it is long since gone from my email. I am interested in finding out what happened to it, can someone let me know?

Coni Sanders April 20, 2010, 8:18 AM

Jeff - They did take out the ceiling and when you look up you see trees on giant glass sheets, it is beautiful and amazing. Obviously you influenced this great transformation. Thank you.

Coni Sanders
Daughter of Dave Sanders killed that horrific day.

Caligirl06 April 20, 2010, 9:53 AM

I am not putting the parents down but how can you not know what ur child is going through? Were they so busy with their own lives they never saw how the boys dressed or who they hung out with? Did they never go into the boys rooms? I always wondered about the above questions. I teach in public In a school and there r signs of depression can’t imagine a parent not noticing them…

Emily April 20, 2010, 10:48 AM

Caligirl— I was suicidal in high school. Actually, from about 8th grade to junior year. I contemplated suicide daily, and attempted once. I was in counseling for a separate issue (dealing with my father’s death). I was also in lots of groups and organizations. Until the day I attempted to take my life, nobody realized I was depressed. The masks we wear can be VERY convincing.

Shelley April 20, 2010, 11:36 AM

Just finished reading “Columbine” the book, it is very good, it helped answer alot of questions I had about Columbine.

RadDad April 20, 2010, 11:40 AM

Caligirl, you disgust me. First off the fact that you teach in a public school but use such horrible grammar is very concerning but you’re actually advocating the practice of judging kids based on how they dress? And judging parents who have had to deal with their role in this ordeal? Go F yourself. Oh, and most kids that dress differently than you prefer don’t commit mass murder in case you aren’t aware of the relaed statistics.

marc April 20, 2010, 3:27 PM

Wow. Powerful stuff. When events like this occur, they make us all very present, and aware. We notice things more. We’re kinder to each other. We notice things like beautiful sunrises and sunsets. But then it wears off. But it doesn’t have to wear off. If we hold it close and remember why it is in the first place we are being kind to one another…it will simply keep getting stronger. So for the mom’s sake, I hope she doesn’t stay embittered, but rather, finds the love and lessons to be learned.

starviego April 20, 2010, 11:20 PM

“They did take out the ceiling and when you look up you see trees on giant glass sheets, it is beautiful and amazing.”

I’ve heard that has occultic significance.

Anyway, the big secret about Columbine is that there were more involved than just Harris and Klebold. Don’t believe me? Just ask the eyewitnesses:

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/columbineeight.php

Dewayne April 26, 2010, 12:50 AM

My name is Dewayne and I am best friends with Brian Anderson one of the injured at Columbine. I went with Brian to Columbine to see the library where he had been shot along with teacher Patti Nielson. It had been the first time Brian had been back since the shootings. As Coni Sanders said they did redo the library and all and it looks nice. They replaced the old library entrance with a Trophy case. And the floor has been removed. I think Mr D has done well as a principle at Columbine. Again as brian as said he is thankful to be alive today but still lives with survivors guilt.

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