Columbine Shooting Essay

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On April 20, 1999, within the tiny, suburban city of Littleton, Colorado, two high-school seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, enacted a full-scale assault on columbine high school throughout the middle of the school day. The boys' idea was to kill many of their colleagues. With guns, knives, and a large number of bombs, the two boys walked the hallways and killed. Once the day was done, twelve students, one teacher, as well as the two murderers were dead; and 21 of them were wounded. The haunting question remains: why did they decide to do this?
Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were very intelligent; they each came from solid homes with a loving mother and father, and they had older ...view middle of the document...

He was also heavily committed sports as a child. Moving into Ken Caryl middle school (a method that was found by Klebold as very difficult); he met Harris where they became friends. Klebold then attended columbine high school with Harris, turning into a background crew in class play productions, video productions, as well as school's news network. He was considered a hero for saving a school plays during a middle of a showing, once the music started too distort and Klebold provided a backup tape to continue the music; ironically, Rachel Scott, the primary fatal victim of the massacre, was the lead in this specific play at the time.
According to their digital and paper notes that Klebold and Harris left to be discovered, Klebold had been thinking of committing suicide as early as 1997 and that they each had begun considering a large scale massacre as early as April 1998 - a full year before the actual event.
By then, both of them had already run into some trouble. On January 30, 1998, Klebold and Harris were set to jail for breaking into a van. As of their plea agreement, both began a juvenile diversion program in April 1998.
Since they were first-time offenders, this program allowed them to purge the event from their record if they can complete the program. Therefore, for eleven months, both of them attended workshops, spoke to counselors, worked on volunteer projects, and convinced everybody that they were sincerely sorry concerning the breaking and entering. However, throughout the whole time, Klebold and Harris were preparing for a large-scale massacre at their high school.
There is some discrepancy whether or not the initial date planned for the massacre was to be April 19 or 20. April 19 was the day to remember for the Oklahoma City Bombing and April 20 was the one hundred and tenth anniversary of Adolph Hitler's birthday. For unknown reason, April 20 was the date finally chosen.
At 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris had reach columbine high school. Both drove alone and parked in spots near the junior and senior parking space, flanking the cafeteria. Around 11:14, the boys carried two 20-pound propane bombs (with timers set for 11:17) in duffel bags and placed them close to tables within the cafeteria. Nobody detected them place the bags; the bags did not look suspicious with the other bags that students had brought with them to lunch. The boys then went back to their cars to attend for the explosion.
Nothing happened. (It is believed that if the bombs had exploded, it is probable that every student within the cafeteria would have died.)
The boys waited a couple of minutes for the cafeteria bombs to explode however still nothing happened. They released that something had have gone wrong with the timers. Their original set up was unsuccessful, however the boys determined to enter the school anyways.
At 11:19, the two pipe bombs that Klebold and Harris had planted in an open field many blocks...

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