This Jefferson County high school in Colorado, which is located near Denver, witnessed a cruel incident on Tuesday, April 20, 1999. The Columbine High School Massacre is one of the most horrible and gruesome incidents to occur in the last century. The Columbine High School Massacre had a death toll of 15 and the number of injured people totaled 24. This mass murder or attempted bombing incident can be termed as a suicidal attack or shooting massacre. The main targets were the teachers and students. The school was a victim to this attack and it happened between 11:19 AM and 12:08 PM. The major weapons that were utilized include the following: Intratec TEC-DC9, Stevens 311D double barreled sawed-off shotgun, and Savage 67H pump-action shotgun and Hi-Point 995 Carbine.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were the gruesome shooters who committed suicide after the incident. Klebold gave the site address to Brooke Brown, Harris’s ex-friend. When Brown’s parents complained to the county sheriff, it was found that both had so much rage against society and decided to kill any person who irritated the. Both were caught red handed in 1998 with their stolen ammunitions. AOL deleted their publications in websites permanently. They entered their other gruesome attacks and plans in the journals and had secret video tapes in the jail.
When the actual shooting occurred, Harris had a pump action shotgun and an automatic rifle with which he shot 25 and 96 times, respectively. Klebold had a semi automatic 9 mm handgun and fired 55 times. He also had a sawed off shotgun. Most of the casualties were aged between 16-17 with two teachers aged 35 and 47. Some were shot in the head and torso region while others were shot in many other areas.
Impact of this incident made the police start using the strategy called Immediate Action Rapid Deployment where a four police advance towards the building where the shooting is taking place and try to catch hold of the shooter even though he keeps shooting. The primary objective is to prevent him or her from shooting more people. Many have started using the term Columbine High School Massacre as a model example for any school shooting incident. A memorial was built in 2007 in Clement Park, located next to Columbine High School to pay homage to those who died in the horrible massacre.
In response to this tragedy, K-Mart declared that it will no longer sell any handgun weapons. This was due to the fact that it had sold the bullets which was used by the shooters. After this incident, the state legislations have been made stricter in terms of selling guns or magazines related to weapon usage. New anti-bullying policies have become stricter these days as well. The reasons for such a massacre could be due to bullying – and efforts to prevent bullying in the first place seems like a responsible course of action.