April 20, 1999. It’s a day that will live in infamy for the affect it had not just on a community, but also on an entire generation. On that day, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 students and one teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado. 24 were also injured in the massacre, which ended after Dylan and Eric turned their guns on themselves.
While it wasn’t the first school shooting in the United States, at the time, it was the deadliest (and remained so until the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in 2012, and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018.) The impact of the shooting cannot be understated, as the word ‘Columbine’ has become a byword for school shootings in the decades since the attack. Klebold and Harris’s motives remain unclear, and many things – depression, school bullying, aggressive music (specifically Marlyn Manson), violent video games – have been used to somehow make sense of the senseless.
Pictured here: ERIC HARRIS AND DYLAN KLEBOLD. COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN LITTLETON, DENVER, COLORADO, AMERICA – 1999