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Washingtonpost.com Staff
Thursday, April 22, 1999; 2:41 p.m. EDT

As soon as news broke about the massacre at Columbine High School, e-mail messages of prayer and support began to arrive at the Jefferson County School system. After two days, there were hundreds of messages.

Numerous Web sites offer information on Tuesday's shooting spree, including news, background on school violence and interactive forums to express grief and condolence for those killed and injured in Littleton.

Local Government: From the top of the Colorado state home page, visitors can find a page of information on counseling services, Littleton church meetings and charitable organizations that are accepting donations. Jefferson County Public Schools are posting updated information on their response to the crisis.

Local Media: The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News Web sites both have extensive collections of their coverage, including multimedia and online discussions that feature postings by members of the Littleton community and former Columbine students.

Charitable Causes: Denver-area news organizations and the Mile High United Way offer information on how to contribute.

Reacting, Remembering: Local communities that have been stricken by school violence are sending messages of understanding and remembrance.

  • Eugene, Ore.
  • Springfield, Ore.
  • West Paducah, Ky.

    Grief Communities: Online communities dedicated to coping with specific diseases are growing. With the same idea, several sites around the Web are dedicated to supporting and dealing with teen mourning.

  • Mental Health Net
  • GriefNet
  • Grief Talk

    National Sites: From the White House to the American School Counselor Association, advice on how to deal with school violence.

  • National School Safety Center
  • National Alliance for Safe Schools
  • Family Education Network
  • American School Counselor Association
  • National Education Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • White House Conference on School Safety
  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
  • Center for the Prevention of School Violence

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