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Mass murderer Eric Harris and his friend Dylan Klebold killed themselves, 13 people and wounded more than 20 others at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.
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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 metering out their vengeance against the people they hated. Harris wrote about their plans in his diary.
Harris and Klebold learned to make bombs and acquired guns. Harris, using the nickname "Reb,
" even posted bomb-making information on his website. A friend of Dylan's reportedly helped them get three of the weapons and a co-worker from the pizza place where Harris had a part-time job assisted in obtaining the fourth gun. They even made several videotapes in which they discuss their plot, which was filled with rage, racist remarks and some concern for their parents. Possibly adding fuel to his existing rage, Harris had been rejected by the U.S. Marine Corps shortly before the killings because of his psychiatric medication. He was taking Luvox for his depression.
After months of planning, Harris and Klebold carried out their assault on their school on the morning of April 20, 1999, which was also Adolf Hitler's birthday. They had planted a bomb in the school's cafeteria, which was supposed to go off around 11 a.m., which was supposed to force everyone to evacuate the building. Harris and Klebold planned on shooting people as they entered the parking lot.
When the bomb failed, the two entered the school a little after 11 a.m. and began shooting. For less than hour, they terrorized the school, killing 12 students and a teacher and wounding more than 20 others. Returning to the library, where they had killed and wounded several people, Harris shot himself in the head as did Klebold a few moments later.
The nation reeled from the news of the school shootings, and both killers and the authorities response to the siege were thoroughly investigated. With many wondering about how the tragedy could have been avoided and how the police and emergency workers could have handled the situation better. Schools around the country tried to figure what they would do during such an emergency and to identify and care for potentially violent students.
Tragically, Harris and Klebold have served as an example often cited by other young school shooters who followed in their wake, including the 2007 Virginia Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho.
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Armed and ruthless, spree killers become infamous for turning a flash of anger and resentment into a deadly rampage. Columbine killer Dylan Klebold introduced America to the horrors of school shootings when he killed 13 students and teachers in 1999, and in 2007 Seung-Hui Cho made us relive the nightmare when he murdered 32 people at Virginia Tech. In the end killers like these often become their own victims, when they turn their weapons on themselves.
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