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The tragedy at Columbine High School let to reforms in gun laws and antibullying statutes in the United States.

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´╗┐Ashley Hogan Hogan1 Period D British Literature February 15, 2012 Doctor Sousa Destin April 20th, 1999 marks the day in history when two teenagers from a small town in Colorado changed the world forever. This day affected not only the nation but also the entire world. The tragedy at Columbine High School let to reforms in gun laws and anti-bullying statutes in the United States. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were both seniors at Columbine High School. On April 20th 1999 these boys committed suicide in the library of their high school after killing thirteen people and injuring twenty-four others. Harris and Klebold were both bullied and actually were bullies themselves. Harris was known to be the ?ringleader? of their bullying. The two boys were gamers, particularly players of the game ?Doom?. ...read more.


Harris and Klebold arrived at the school just before lunchtime with four different guns, several CO2 bombs, and one twenty-pound propane bomb. They set the bomb on a cafeteria table in a duffle bag and left it to go off at 11:17 am. While waiting for the bomb to go off, the boys shot anyone in site. Immediately after they began shooting, several 911 calls were placed. Police arrived at the seen and shots were firing everywhere. Harris and Klebold ended up in the library, sitting on the floor, ready to end their lives. Each put a gun to their end. The massacre had ended. In a mere 60 minutes, two high school students took the lives of fifteen people (including themselves) and severely injured twenty-four people. Had their propane bomb worked as planned, 400 people could have been killed. ...read more.


(School Security) The underlying cause of the Columbine shooting was bullying. No matter how sick minded and troubled Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were, something and someone caused them to get that way. They were simply unpopular, unwanted, and isolated. They were made fun of, harassed, and hazed. Even today that still occurs in schools, and it?s even worse now. Teenagers lack respect for their peers and higher authorities. It?s all a direct result of a lack of discipline in schools. The shooting at Columbine High School on April 20th, 1999 was an awful event that happened to a great community. It has impacted the nation in many ways and was the jump-start to a new era of school safety and security. It is a day that will be forever remembered in history. May those 13 innocent lives that were taken on that day rest in peace, they will never know how much they?re unintended sacrifice changed the world. ...read more.

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