The Real Victim: The Columbine High School Massacre

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The Real Victim About thirteen thousand people are killed per year in the Untied States of America. On April 20, 1999, 15 students, including the perpetrators were killed in the Columbine High School Massacre. The Columbine High School Massacre, also known as Columbine, occurred in Columbine which is an unincorporated part of Jefferson County, Colorado. Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, embarked on a massacre, killing 12 students and one teacher. They also injured 21 students directly and three others were injured while attempting to escape. The pair then committed suicide. To many people it seemed as though Patrick Ireland, who was shot twice in the head, partially paralyzing him, once in the foot and still making it out…show more content…
He wanted a way out of his life. To him, this seemed like it was the only way out. He said on the basement tapes that his older brother Byron and his friends constantly “ripped on” him and that everyone, including those at school, excluding his parents, treated him like “the runt of the liter. These constant events lead to something that no teenage would want to face, depression. Depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. The exact cause of depression is not known. Many researchers believe it is caused by chemical changes in the brain. It may be due to problem in ones genes or triggered by certain stressful events. In Dylan’s case it was definitely caused by stressful…show more content…
Patrick Ireland was shot twice in the head and once in the foot during the carnage in the Columbine High School library. When the killers left the library, his surviving classmates tried to get him to come with them, but had to give up and fled without him. Over several hours, Patrick, with one side paralyzed, with his right foot shattered and useless, with a shotgun pellet eight inches into his brain, and with even his survival in doubt, crawled to the second-floor window. Then, with the world watching, he dropped out of it, into the arms of SWAT team officers. His recovery was arduous amazing, and it is a story of determination, support from around the world from people both famous and otherwise, triumph, and success in his adult life. He is a successful and inspirational young man who overcame adversity not of his own creation and refused to make excuses or indulge in blame games. He will generate head nods of recognition from people who see themselves or those around them in him; in more ways, he is so much

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