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Columbine Shootings

Classroom Gunfire
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Juvenile Violence Time Line

The following are key Post stories about the shootings at Columbine Hight School in Littleton, Colo.

Friday, December 17, 1999
Columbine Cancels Classes After Threat Over Internet
Classes were canceled and final exams delayed at Columbine High School after a student received a threat in an Internet chat room.

Friday, December 14, 1999
Horror Comes to Life in Columbine Videos
Classes were canceled and final exams delayed at Columbine High School after a student received a threat in an Internet chat room.

Sunday, October 31, 1999
When Will the Healing Start?
Eighteen-year-old Isaiah Shoels was the only black victim of the Columbine High School massacre. When Michael and Vonda Shoels, right, lost their son, an empathetic nation responded. Six months later, their recovery has derailed and scorn has replaced sympathy.

Sunday, October 24, 1999
Columbine Tragedy Claims Another Victim
A little more than six months after the Columbine High School shootings, in Colo., the mother of one of the most seriously injured students, shot and killed herself.

Thursday, August 19, 1999
Man Guilty of Selling Columbine Gun
The man accused of supplying the Columbine High School gunmen with their semiautomatic pistol pleaded guilty and said he bought 100 rounds of ammunition for them the night before the bloodbath.

Wednesday, June 16, 1999
Columbine Makeover: More Than Paint and Spackle?
Columbine High officials, held the first media tour of the Littleton, Colo., school since the killings there, facing a delicate or, some say, impossible balancing act in remaking the physical plant to be a sanctuary of learning -- and not a shrine to trauma.

Saturday, June 12, 1999
Dissecting Columbine's Cult of the Athlete
In the weeks since one of the worst school shootings in history, every aspect of what had seemed "normal" at Columbine High School is now being reexamined -- including injustices suffered at the hands of athletes, a problem almost no one seemed to take seriously.

Thursday, June 9, 1999
Theaters to Require Teen Photo ID for Sexy, Violent Film
With political pressure building all around in the wake of fatal school shoootings, the movie industry has a new plan for limiting adolescents' exposure to violence: Teenagers interested in seeing an R-rated movie will now have to produce a photo ID first.

Thursday, May 27, 1999
Schools Tightening Standards After Columbine
In responding to increased pressure for safe school environments following last month's shooting rampage at Columbine High School, school administrators and police across the country have violated students' rights, including that of free speech, according to civil liberties lawyers.
Video Designers Shrug Off Blame for Teen Violence

Tuesday, May 25, 1999
Donations Flood Littleton With Little Oversight
In the aftermath of the April 20 shooting spree that left 15 dead and 23 injured at Columbine High School here, millions of dollars have flowed into more than 40 funds advertised as ways to help victims and their families, many with little public oversight or accountability.

Sunday, May 23, 1999
Commencement Day's Emotional Divide
437 members of Columbine's class of 1999 received their diplomas and remembered the victims who died in the attack, during a ceremony both somber and jubilant, at a suburban Denver amphitheater.

Friday, May 21, 1999
'Help Us Heal,' Clinton Urges Columbine
Visiting this traumatized community one month after the shootings and only a few hours after another shooting incident at a Georgia high school — President Clinton told Columbine students they have an unparalleled opportunity to help steer their country away from violence.
Violent Acts Are Models for Copycats
Senate Backs New Gun Control, 51-50
The Irresistible Force of Topic A

Saturday, May 15, 1999
Brain Development Altered by Violence
Post-traumatic stress symptoms are widespread among students at Columbine High. Recent breakthroughs in brain research have revealed that, traumatic experiences such as witnessing or experiencing violence can alter a developing brain's anatomy and chemistry.

Friday, May 14, 1999
Investigation Focuses on Gunmen's Friends
Investigators probing the rampage at Columbine High School are focusing on the gunmen's circle of friends searching two of their homes, unraveling a Web site's cryptic writings and questioning witnesses about possible accomplices.

Wednesday, May 12, 1999
Response in Littleton Was Swift, but Unsure
When two teenage gunmen tore through Columbine High School on a shooting rampage last month, police officers descended swiftly on the scene. But the extraordinary response was hampered by the simplest of problems -- they could not communicate with each other.

Saturday, May 8, 1999
Littleton Student Recalls Escape
Columbine victim Patrick Ireland spoke publicly for the first time about his dramatic rescue from the library window as the nation watched.

Friday, May 7, 1999
For New Sheriff, Bluntness Backfires
As his department has struggled with the often contradictory objectives of investigating a crime and satisfying the public's thirst for information, Jefferson County Sheriff John P. Stone has frequently broken out of the information management corral.

Thursday, May 6, 1999
Gunmen Left Out Of Remembrances
Two sets of six-foot crosses -- 26 in all -- stand in a corner of Clement Park near a makeshift memorial at Columbine High School. Neither set bears a cross for the two gunmen, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17.

Wednesday, May 5, 1999
Gun Trace Leads to Arrest of Colo. Man
Jefferson County, Colo., authorities Monday arrested a 22-year-old man they believe provided a 9mm handgun used by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold during their assault at Columbine High School two weeks ago that left 15 people dead.
Littleton Alters Gun Debate

Tuesday, May 4, 1999
Gun Trace Leads to Arrest of Colo. Man
Jefferson County, Colo., authorities Monday arrested a 22-year-old man they believe provided a 9mm handgun used by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold during their assault at Columbine High School two weeks ago that left 15 people dead.
Columbine Students Go to New School

Monday, May 3, 1999
Columbine Crosses Can't Bear Weight of Discord
Fifteen unpainted wooden crosses on a hill above Columbine High School were for a few days a unifying beacon, but have become symbols of discord as families felt it wrong to accord identical memorials to the killers and the innocent dead.
Officials: 2 Middleton Shooters Acted Alone
Some Question Value of Trauma Sessions

Sunday, May 2, 1999
Shooters' Neighbors Had Little Hint
Friends and neighbors say there was no reason to suspect that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold ofmarching into school and killing more than a dozen people. Sue and Tom Klebold are described as good people, serious about parenting, and Wayne and Kathy Harris are known as great neighbors, with terrific kids.
At Littleton, a Pattern of Multiple Gun Wounds


Saturday, May 1, 1999
Officer Knew About Threats
The sheriff's deputy assigned to Columbine High School was warned a year before last week's shootings that Eric Harris had "made and detonated pipe bombs" and had threatened to carry out mass killings, according to police documents and law enforcement officials.
Painful Flashback to Jonesboro
This Time, Copycat Wave Is Broader
The Colorado Pistol With 'D.C.' in Its Name

Friday, April 30, 1999
Police Criticized for Littleton Probe
Amid mounting criticism of their methods, police investigating the Columbine High School shootings acknowledged that nine days after the massacre they have still not formally interviewed the parents of the two boys who carried out the attack.
With Often Arcane Tools, U.S. Agency Traces Littleton Guns
Gunsmith's Creation Now Infamous
Shooter Used Often-Prescribed Drug

Thursday, April 29, 1999
Teen Shooter's Life Paints Antisocial Portrait
In hindsight there were many clues that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were actively dangerous. But the Columbine case shows how difficult it is to separate the rebels and individualists and creative people from the serious menaces to society.
Police No Closer to Naming New Suspects
Victim's Family Weighs Lawsuit
Gore Sees 'Call to Action' in Massacre

Wednesday, April 28, 1999
Marines Rejected Colorado Suspect
The Marine Corps rejected Columbine High School shooting suspect Eric Harris because he lied about having been prescribed a mood-altering drug, a Defense Department official said.
Tragedy Sparks Reappraisal of Teen Society
Clinton Proposes Handgun Limits
Resumption of Classes Delayed Until Monday

Tuesday, April 27, 1999
Shooter's Girlfriend Questioned About Guns
Investigators questioned a young woman who they believe may have knowledge of where the two gunmen obtained two of the weapons they used in the rampage.
Post Poll: Teens See Potential for Violence in Own Schools
Deaths Seen in a Christian Context

Monday, April 26, 1999
Gore Says Change Will Honor Slain Children
Colorodans by the tens of thousands gathered in a cold rain Sunday to mourn the slain of Columbine High School, a dozen students and a teacher murdered by a pair of teenagers in an unfathomed rage.
Media Notes: Trying to Rationalize the Irrational

Sunday, April 25, 1999
Suspect's Diary Details Plan to Kill
A journal kept by one of the suspects in the Colorado massacre reveals an intricate, year-long plot to go "for the big kill," the sheriff said.
Shooters' Parents Mourn Amid Questions
At Such a Fine School, Why?
NRA Struggles to Hold Gun Industry's Loyalty

Saturday, April 23, 1999
Investigators Cast Wide Net
Federal and local investigators said Friday they have conducted more than 500 interviews with potential witnesses to determine whether the two youths had help in carrying out the attack.
Police Track Guns Used at School
Teens Use Technology Their Way
A Community, Nation Search for Meaning
Expert: Teens Can Handle Fantasy

Friday, April 23, 1999
Bomb Finds Spur Accomplice Theory
Investigators combing Columbine High School on Thursday found a large bomb as well as the many other explosives left in the aftermath of Tuesday's rampage, leading police to believe that the gunmen likely had accomplices who helped carry out the attack.
Prejudices Drove Killers, Witnesses Say
Lawsuit Deluge Foreseen in Colo.
School Slayings Stir Kids' Fears
Many Schools Already on Guard
Clinton Hears How Students Keep Peace
Teens Who've Lost Connection

Thursday, April 22, 1999
Police: Attack Planned in Detail
After picking their way through classrooms littered with bombs, booby traps and murdered students, police investigators said the killers may have meticulously planned and orchestrated the rampage and friends may have known it was coming.
Mixing Fantasy and Reality, Shooters Left Prints on Web's Dark Side
Many Rushed to Others' Aid During Rampage
Shootings Alter Nation's Gun Debate
Across America, Grief and Horror
World Blames Shootings On Lax U.S. Gun Laws
'High Hopes' for Future Are Cut Down
Area Schools Reflect on Society, Worry About Safety
The Internet: An Electronic Co-Conspirator
Media Blitz Raises Coverage Questions
Across Area, Gothic Devotees Seen as Harmless, 'Docile'
Bauer Cites Shooting at Campaign Launch
See More Evil: Growing Up in Today's America

Wednesday, April 21, 1999
A Day of Death and Fear in Colorado
Two armed young men described as disaffected outcasts stormed a suburban Denver high school Tuesday and, in a shooting rampage on a scale unprecedented in an American school, killed as many as 15 students and faculty members.
Terror and Tears: Inside Columbine High
'Trench Coat Mafia' Spun Dark Fantasy
For Many Parents, a Vigil of Agony
A Calm Year in the Schools Is Shattered
Tragedy Pulls People Online

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