Things are not always what they seem, and that is what happened on that tragic day. On April 20,1999 a failed bombing and school shooting happened at Columbine High School. The perpetrators were Eric Harris and Dylan Kleboid. They murdered 12 innocent people that had a whole life ahead of them and injured more. We will focusing on the podcast Bearing Witness, that has a three part series that examines on the coverage taken from the massacre. American Tragedy is a documentary that focuses on Sue Kleboid- the mother of one of the perpetrators, while giving her story. Using devices, the media develops an agonizing emotion that’s behind the truth – it can happen anywhere.
|5 Deadliest School Mass Shootings|
Event City/State Setting Date Killed Injured
|1||Virginia Tech VA. University 4/16/07 32 17|
|2||Sandy Hook Newton CT Elementary 12/14/12 27 2|
|3||University of Texas Austin TX University 8/1/1966 17 31|
|4||Columbine Littleton CO Secondary 4/20/1999 13 21|
School shootings have become a problem throughout America, so much so that they been labeled as an epidemic. Looking at it through a global spectrum, when it comes to the fatalities, Columbine comes in after UT, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech. Despite the numbers, there’s a bigger issue that needs to be addressed.
Harris and Klebold had planned it for about a year. On April 20th, they showed up to school with duffel bags. Their initial plan was to leave several tank bombs- two in the cafeteria, a few in the perpetrators vehicles, and the other one in a park. They didn’t detonate and began to attack in the cafeteria and the library.