Columbine High School Massacre By: Luke Kawwas

The Shooters

On April 20th 1999, Dylan Klebold and and Eric Harris shot up Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. They killed 12 students and 1 teacher. The two students made home videos explaining why they would do this and apologizing to their parents beforehand. On the day of the shooting, both students killed themselves with a bullet to the head. The Columbine shooting is ranked as one of the worst mass shootings in US history.

The Chaos after the massacre

The Cause and Effect of the Massacre

Many factors caused the students to pull off this horrific massacre. One was that the students developed an interest in Nazism. They also were very interested in firearms and spent many hours on the internet daily. Both students also believed in white supremacist ideology. The shooting left a big impact on the community and the whole nation. Many schools began to introduce ways to prevent another tradgedy. Schools took steps towards better communication and counseling.

A glimpse of the effects of the columbine shooting

The purpose of the massacre

The Columbine shooting was a meaningful event in history because it brought more awareness to school violence. The shooting was one of the deadliest episodes of school violence, and schools across the nation wanted to learn how to prevent violence and gunplay on school grounds.

Changes in society

After the Columbine massacre and similar events, schools began to take no risks. Schools have adopted zer0- tolerance policies for bullying and threats, along with bringing weapons to school. Next, Schools have become increasingly aware of the warning signs of tragic events like this. Last, counseling became more available and communication increased.

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Works Cited

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Brooks, David. "The Columbine Killers." New York Times, 24 Apr. 2004, p. A17. Global Issues in Context, Accessed 2 May 2017.

"Columbine High School Shootings Fast Facts." CNN Wire, 6 Apr. 2017. Global Issues in Context, Accessed 27 Apr. 2017.

"From a leading article on the shootings at Columbine High School." Independent [London, England], 21 Apr. 2007. Global Issues in Context, Accessed 27 Apr. 2017.

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