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The Columbine High School Shootings
At the same time, the killings were a big failure to Harris. He dreamed of killing everyone indiscriminately, ending the world. He wrote, "If you recall your history the Nazis came up with a 'final solution' to the Jewish problem: kill them all. Well in case you haven't figured it out yet, I say 'Kill mankind.' No one should survive" (qtd. in Cullen 1). Harris realized that his plan of killing the world was impractical, so he eventually decided to be content with destroying everyone in his high school. Propane tank bombs were set to go off in the commons at 11:17, the time when the most students would be in there for lunch. According to the killers' plans, the bombs were supposed to kill 488 students in the commons (Weller 2). Harris and Klebold only had guns as a backup, to kill all the people that the bombs missed. Something malfunctioned with the bombs, so not nearly as many people were killed as was planned. Instead of wiping out hundreds of people as originally planned, the gunmen only killed 13. Because not as many people were killed as planned, the Columbine massacre that cost Eric Harris his life was a failure to him.
Essay on Columbine: Columbine High School Massacre | Majortests
My friends from high school and I will always remember exactly what we were doing on April 20, 1999. My school, Standley Lake High School, was in the same county as Columbine. Most students at my school had friends who attended Columbine from school sports and other events. As a result, when we heard news of the tragedy, it was personal to us. We feared for our friends' safety. I interviewed one of my friends, Shaun Davies, and he told me that, "Since I am from Jefferson County and knew kids at Columbine, the tragedy was real. It wasn't like other tragedies I had seen on TV, because to me those had only been on TV. Columbine was real" (Davies 1). Shaun knew a girl from middle school that was one of the 56 people in the library when the killings took place there. She saw peers shot down right in front of her. Instead of just hearing about the murders from a reporter, Shaun heard about them from a friend. That completely changes the way that he perceived the tragedy.