Columbine Massacre Essay

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Columbine high school massacre. The Columbine High School massacre (often known simply as Columbine) was a school shooting which occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, embarked on a shooting spree in which a total of 12 students and 1 teacher were murdered. They also injured 21 other students directly, with three further people being injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair then committed suicide. It is the fourth-deadliest school massacre in United States history, after the 1927 Bath School disaster, 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and the 1966 University of Texas massacre, and remains the deadliest for an American high school. The massacre provoked debate regarding gun control laws, the availability of firearms within the United States and gun violence involving youths. Much discussion also centered on the nature of high school cliques, subcultures and bullying, in addition to the influence of violent movies and video games in American society. The shooting resulted in an increased emphasis on school security, and a moral panic aimed at Goth culture, social outcasts, gun culture, the use of pharmaceutical anti-depressants by teenagers, teenage internet use] and violent video games. Facts: Date: April 20, 1999 11:19 am – 12:08 pm (UTC-6) Target: Students and faculty at Columbine High School Attack type: School shooting, mass murder, massacre, murder-suicide, fire, suicide attack, shootout, attempted bombing, and late car explosion Weapon(s): Intratec TEC-DC9, Hi-Point 995 Carbine, Savage 67H pump-action shotgun, Stevens 311D double barrelled sawed-off shotgun, 99 explosives, 4 knives Deaths: 15 (including the 2 perpetrators) Injured: 21 Perpetrators: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold
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