The student sat at her desk on Monday morning in English class, discussing the details of the weekend with her best friend. The bell rang at 8:45 a.m. and her teacher started taking attendance. It was a new week with so many things to accomplish. The teacher finished the morning details by completing lunch count. She then asked her pupils to quit visiting, and to open their literature books and begin reading. All of a sudden a sound rings through the hall, but it is not an ordinary school bell. It is loud and short. It was followed by several more blasts. Echoes of yelling followed these blasts. High pitched shrieks could be heard throughout the classroom and possibly throughout the entire school. A look of terror was seen on the teacher’s face. She was trembling as she tried to make sense of the blasts the students had just heard. She instructed the class to find shelter in the cabinets and behind desks within the classroom. As the student headed to the cabinets, she glanced at the clock. It was 8:51 am. The blasts continued and could be heard coming closer to the classroom. She then went to the door to find… This scenario describes details that could occur at any school during a school shooting. Students began a normal school day, only to find it changed within minutes. This may be similar to what the students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado may have experienced. Although the Columbine Massacre of 1999 traumatized students, it changed the country forever.
“The names Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold will be forever linked.”(Hasday 12). On April 20, 1999, the two teenagers altered the country permanently; the pair’s 49-minute suicidal attack in Littleton, Colorado at Columbin...
... middle of paper ...
...ional policies, America has made an attempt to prevent future school shootings and other violent attacks. Heartache is still present after more than a decade, but people have coped and supported each other to make an overall stronger nation.
Greg, Toppo. “10 years later, the real story behind Columbine.” USA Today Search Premier. Web. 21 Feb. 2014.
Hasday, Judy L. Columbine High School Shooting: Student Violence. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2002. Print.
Kass, Jeff, and Angie C. Marek. “What Happened After Columbine.” U.S. News & World Report 138.12 (2005): 28-29. Academic Search Premier. Web. 28 Feb. 2014.
Pollack, S, William..”The Columbine Syndrome.” National Forum. 01 Oct. 2000: 39. eLibrary. Web. 06 Mar. 2014.
“School Shootings Take Toll.” Education Week 28.28 (2009): 12-13. Academic Search Premier.Web. 28 Feb. 2014.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Unlike most of the country, I knew about Columbine High School on April 19, 1999. I knew that the Columbine Rebels had a good football team, I remembered how they beat Cherry Creek for the 1999 football championship. I knew what Columbine's building was like from when I was inside it in January for a debate tournament. I had friends that went to CHS. We had gone on a trip to Hawaii together to learn about biology. The rest of the country found out about Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. They didn't hear about their football team, the debate tournament they hosted, or my friends, though; they heard about two angry students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, that went on a killing rampage... [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]
2605 words (7.4 pages)
- An outburst of school violence has taken over the nation throughout the past several years. Incidents of school violence have quickly intensified since the Columbine tragedy, thus prompting communities to take additional safety precautions with their youth education system. There are many inquiries on what type of violence is most common, often narrowing down on gender, ethnicity, and environment. Violence itself can be defined as a deliberate act, serving no legitimate purpose, which has the possibility of reasonably harming another person.... [tags: college shootings, gun violence]
1125 words (3.2 pages)
- Together, the Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook school shootings resulted in seventy-seven deaths. Gun related school violence continues to occur and has become more frequent in the recent years. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed one teacher and twelve students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20th, 1999. In the shooting, they injured twenty other students before they turned their guns on themselves. Columbine, one of the first school shootings, caused a progression of gun-related violence in schools.... [tags: Columbine High School massacre]
1663 words (4.8 pages)
- ... The boys stormed the west side of the school and began shooting students. By the time it was over, 12 students and one teacher was killed and 25 others were injured. Dylan and Eric killed themselves as well, leaving us with the mystery of behind their actions. According to investigative reports, the boys carried two- 20-pound propane bombs in duffle bags and placed them in the cafeteria where it is believed to have potentially killed over 400 students if the bombs would have exploded. After placing the bags in the cafeteria, the boys went outside to their cars and waited for the explosion.... [tags: Columbine High School massacre]
1130 words (3.2 pages)
- On April 20th 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold placed bombs inside their high school but they failed to detonate. Even though the bomb attack went wrong, the massacre that followed shortly after remains one of the most well known shootings in US history. Columbine was the most fascinating but heartbreaking and revolting non-fiction book I have ever read. Reading this book taught me a lot about the shooters personalities and proved rumors that I had in my head wrong, such as, the Columbine killers were social misfits who were bullied by their classmates and were a part of the Trench Coat Mafia.... [tags: Columbine High School massacre]
1871 words (5.3 pages)
- Compare and Contrast Essay During these films I had many thoughts over the message and main points that both Al Gore and Michael Moore presented. In “Bowling for Columbine” by Michael Moore there were many fallacies throughout his documentary. Al Gore explained and supported his main point with many facts and scientific evidence that convinced me in supporting his message he was trying to get across. Michael Moore’s documentary focused on the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. Michael Moore searched for the answers as to why the two students decided to enter the school and shoot at the students.... [tags: Columbine High School massacre]
1005 words (2.9 pages)
- Michael Moore was born on April 23rd 1954. He’s An American film maker, author and a liberal political commentator. He has directed and produced four of the eight highest grossing documentaries of all time. In 2005 Time Magazine named Moore one of the world’s ‘Hundred most influential people’. The documentary ‘Bowling for Columbine’ explores the possible causes for the Columbine High School massacre. It has won the ‘Best Documentary feature’ at both the Academy and Independent Spirit Awards, together with the César award for ‘best foreign films’.... [tags: Michael Moore, Bowling for Columbine, ]
1338 words (3.8 pages)
- On April 20, 1999 in a suburban town called Littleton, Colorado one high school was about to have one of the most tragic and deadly days in US history. Columbine High School was in the forefront of this tragedy. Two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, opened fire on their fellow classmates and teacher. These two students cut the lives short of thirteen students and one teacher. They then turned their guns onto themselves leaving the nation with no answers as to why. They did leave videotape.... [tags: School Shooting Psychology Essays Acceptance]
1406 words (4 pages)
- COlumbine High School On the morning of April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold approach Columbine High School, in Jefferson County, Colorado. Armed with one 10-shot Hi-Point model 995 carbine rifle, one Intratec AB-10 (TEC-9) pistol, two Savage 12-gauge shotguns, and as many as ninety-five explosive devices, Harris and Klebold enter the school near the cafeteria. Upon doing so, they are met with the words that God commanded unto Moses on Mount Sinai: Thou Shall Not Kill. Harris and Klebold tremble in fear and shame for what they have come to accomplish.... [tags: Violence Christianity Religion Papers]
2886 words (8.2 pages)
- Columbine The tragedy at Columbine High School is something that will be remembered and talked about for many years to come. People from across the nation have all heard about this event. But there are still a couple questions that people have. For instance who’s to blame. The kids alone, the parents for how they brought the children up, or even actually the students at Columbine. Most say that the parents are to blame, but who actually knows. In my opinion the only two people that can actually answer this question truthfully are both dead.... [tags: essays papers]
1336 words (3.8 pages)
- Theodor Seuss Geisel: Dr. Seuss
- Short and Long Term Psychological Effects on American Soldiers
- The Right to Same Sex Marriage
- The Causes and Effects of Micro-leakage in Posterior Composite Restorations
- Apollo 11: The First Spaceship on the Moon
- The Background, Hobbits, and Wizards in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings