Columbine Shooting Essay

1490 WordsNov 21, 20176 Pages
On April 20, 1999, two ‘troubled’ teenagers fatally shot twelve students, one teacher and wounded twenty four others at Columbine High School. When asked to name a victim of the Columbine massacre, most people cannot produce a name but can name the shooters: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Too often do Americans and citizens of the world remember the perpetrators of tragedies rather than the victims themselves. In an article published by Newsweek written by Max Kutner named “Mass Shootings and News Media: A Connection?”, Anderson Cooper stated in an on air interview following the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, “before we go any further, I just want to say that I am only going to mention the alleged shooter’s name a few…show more content…
The following students died in the library: Cassie Bernall (17, also known as the girl who said, ‘yes’), Steven Curnow (14), Corey DePooter (17), Kelly Fleming (18), Matthew Kechter (16), Daniel Mauser (15), Isaiah Shoels (18), John Tomlin (16), Lauren Townsend (18) and Kyle Velasquez (16). Out of the fifty-six people in the library, thirty-four escape injury. The two shooters continued wandering around the corridors of the schools, aimlessly shooting lockers, ceiling tiles and any other part of the building in their sight. At 12:08 PM, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold fatally shot themselves in the library where they killed seventy-seven percent of their victims. On what became known as the deadliest mass shooting in United States history at the time spurred numerous copycat killers. Most come to the conclusion these copycat killers are mentally ill, however, in an article by Max Fisher and Josh Keller, “What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings?”, a 2015 study “estimated that only 4 percent of American gun deaths could be attributed to mental health issues”. Additionally, “30 percent of mass killings and 22 percent of school shootings appeared to have been inspired by previous events” (Kutner). The manor the media used to report the Columbine High School massacre and other mass shootings has influenced copycat shootings and plans. Since April 20, 1999, there have been nine mass school shootings
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