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Dylan Klebold April 20, 1999:
The massacre 11:10 a.m. For about a year, the two prepared for what they called "Judgment Day." They wanted to kill hundreds of people at their school, hoping to achieve some lasting fame while manifesting their vengeance against the people they hated. On the morning of Tuesday, April 20, 1999, Harris and Klebold placed a small fire bomb in a field about three miles south of Columbine High School. It was set to explode at 11:14 a.m. The bomb was meant to be a diversion to draw firefighters and emergency personnel away from the school. At 11:10 a.m. Harris and Klebold arrived separately at Columbine High School. The duo met near Harris's car armed with two 20 pound propane bombs. The two boys placed the duffel bags containing the bombs (set to explode at approximately 11:17 a.m.) inside the cafeteria before returning to their separate vehicles to await the explosion, and to shoot survivors fleeing the building. The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered a total of 12 students and one teacher and injured 21 additional students. The pair then committed suicide. During high school, Eric Harris became close friends with Dylan Klebold, another social outcast. While Harris was talkative and volatile, Klebold was shy and reserved. They both hated their school and its jock culture and anyone else that they believed had mistreated them. They were computer savvy and enjoyed playing violent video games. Had the bombs exploded with full power, they would have killed or severely wounded all 488 students in the cafeteria and possibly collapsed the ceiling, dropping part of the library into the cafeteria Shooting begins 11:19 a.m. When the cafeteria bombs failed to explode, Harris and Klebold convened and walked toward the school. At 11:19 a.m., a witness heard Eric Harris yell "Go! Go!" The two gunmen pulled their guns from beneath their trenchcoats and began shooting at two 17-year-old students who had been sitting in the grass next to the West Entrance of the school. Police response 11:22 a.m. Library massacre 11:29 a.m. to 11:36 a.m. At 11:29 a.m., Harris and Klebold entered the library, where a total of 52 students, two teachers and two librarians had concealed themselves. They had killed 10 people in the library and wounded 12. Of the 56 library hostagees, 34 remained unharmed. The shooters had enough ammunition to have killed them all. There were no further injuries after 11:35 a.m. For the next 32 minutes, Harris and Klebold wandered the building, firing guns and setting off bombs, but causing no further injury. They committed suicide at 12:08 p.m., two minutes after the first SWAT team entered the building. Their bodies were not discovered for more than three hours after the SWAT team arrived. Why is it important that books like Columbine be written and read? Who should read this book?
Do you think this book glorifies Eric and Dylan or preserve the legend that they wanted to leave behind? The presence of firearms in the home greatly increases the risk of death or injury for all members of the household. A number of states have laws holding parents criminally liable if their kids obtain and use their guns. What further gun safety laws should be made in order to prevent something like this from ever happening again? What are your opinions on whether or not violent videogames contribute to criminal acts such as school shootings, muggings, vandalism, kidnapping, etc? Why is it that boys and men in the U.S. commit the vast majority of all violent crimes? Boys are told to "suck it up" when crying and encouraged to play football while girls are encouraged to be cheerleaders. For the boys, what message does it send about gender roles? What should the schools do to further assist students who may be suffering from depression? Should they mandate in-school therapy sessions or would that be an infrigment of the students' rights?