Columbine Essay

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Columbine      With every generation, there is some sort of tragedy that can alter ones life. Through the events that occurred on April 20, 1999, people have become suspicious of anyone that displays signs of oddness, such as; withdrawal from friends, change in physical appearance, or anyone who is an outcast. On this infamous day in history, two Columbine high school students fatally shot 12 of their peers, one teacher, and wounded 24 others before they took there own lives. It is not clear why they chose this day, but it may be because this was the 110th anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s birthday. What happened on this day was a tragedy that affected not only Columbine, but the whole country as well.…show more content…
The shooters were both armed with sawed-shotguns, 9mm pistols, TEC-9 Uzis, grenades, breaching charges, pipe bombs, propane tanks, and other flammable gasses. The plan was to detonate two backpacks full of explosives in the middle of “A” lunch. Their initial plan of attack was not a shooting, but to wait outside the cafeteria for the bombs to explode and then shoot anyone who attempted to escape. The bombs had enough explosive power to take out the entire cafeteria and bring the library above crashing down. Each shooter returned to his car to wait until the bombs exploded so they could proceed with their plan, which was to kill at least 500 students. When the cafeteria bombs failed to explode, Harris and Klebold met up near Harris' car and armed themselves and then proceeded toward the cafeteria. They went to the top of the west entrance steps, the highest point on campus. From this vantage point, the cafeteria side entrance was at the bottom of the staircase, the school's main West Entrance was to their left, and the athletic fields to their right. At 11:19 a.m., a witness saw Eric Harris yell "GO! GO!" At that moment they pulled out their shotguns, aiming them at Rachel Scott and Richard Castaldo, who were sitting on a grassy knoll to their left (next to the West Entrance of the school) eating lunch. Both were hit and critically injured. After the initial shots, one of the shooters shot Scott again, killing her. It is unclear

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