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Columbine High School Essay

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The world’s perspective of security and safety in schools was forever changed at 11:19 in the morning, on April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado. Eighteen years old Eric Harris and seventeen year old Dylan Klebold, had planned a massacre that troubled the whole nation, eliminated thirteen lives and injured twenty-three others.Ultimately this terrible incident threatened the United States and forced the nation to examine school violence.
Klebold and Harris labeled themselves as the “trench coat mafia” and wore black trench coats, black hats, and had long blonde curly hair. As seniors, Harris had planned to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps but was denied because he took the anti-depressant ...view middle of the document...

However, Brooks, Harris, and Klebold came to an understanding and they even warned Brooks to go home the day of the shooting and to not return. Not only in school did they show signs of this behavior but even in Klebold’s personal journal mentioned that he wanted “to burn the world and kill everyone except for five people,” and wrote “you know what I hate? MANKIND!! Kill everything…kill everything.”
The massacre was not a plan that happened in hours; it had been planned out with detail and concentration. The two boys obtained their guns from Mark Manes- a coworker at Black Jack and Robyn Anderson who purchased weapons for them at a 1998 gun show. Mark Manes was sentenced to a prison term yet, Robyn wasn’t because she truly thought the weapons were for hunting. They created maps of the Columbine High School, and had a journal of the precise timing of the events that were to happen on April 20th. At 5:00 they were to get up, 6:00 meet at KS, 7:00 go to Klebold’s house, 7:15, Klebold will leave to fill propane, and Harris leaves to get gas, at 8:30 they were to meet back at Klebold’s house, 9:00 make d bag set up car, 9:30 practice gear ups and chill, 11:00 go to school, 11:10 set up duffel bags, 11:12 wait near cars, gear up, and finally at 11:16 “HAHAHAHA!” The HAHAHAHA was referred to the deadly event they had planned and they were manically excited and humored by their mastered plan. They planned to attack whatever student or teacher fled after the massive explosion that was set to happen at 11:17 during CHS first lunch. They even had placed smaller bombs in a field close to the school at 11:14 to distract emergency personnel.
However, the bomb planned to explode at 11:17 failed. Harris and Klebold waited till 11:19 to initiate the massacre by climbing a hill near the school’s west entrance and aimed at students eating lunch outside. At this point they had killed one girl and the first 911...

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