Victim #9, CASSIE BERNALL, a white female, was found under Table 9. Her shoulders were against the west side of the table, her head tilted to the north, and her legs extended to the east.
She was wearing a green, short sleeve shirt over a black shirt, light blue jeans, white socks and…
Why don’t other school shootings stand out as much as the Columbine High School Massacre?
This question is something I have been pondering over for a long time. Why did Columbine make such a huge impact when school shootings just like it happen so often? What made Columbine so unique? I have some theories as to why this could be.
1. The Duo: I believe the relationship Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shared is one of the biggest factors. The fact that there was not one shooter, but two, truly captivated so many people. How often can a person find someone willing to go through such heinous acts alongside them, and at such a young age? These two grew up together for many years and shared an intense hatred for the world around them. They knew what they wanted to do and began planning many months before the event took place. Because of this, the Columbine Massacre played out like no other. While most shootings have just one culprit acting on a short spurt of passion or anger, Eric and Dylan had been hellbent on revenge for a long, long time and worked together to make it happen. Neither one of them got cold feet or chickened out at any time, which proves how dedicated they were to each other and their plans.
2. The Trend: Both of them knew how the world would react to their story, that they would gain a large following and a series of copycats. In the journals they wrote and webpages they created they stated many times how they knew society would allow their names to live on forever. They knew 100% that the media attention they would get after they died would cause a domino effect in the years to follow, and they couldn’t have been more right. Since 1999, the number of school shootings has skyrocketed and are even beginning to become a trend. There were 17 major shootings in 2012 alone. Eric and Dylan hated everyone and wanted them all to die, and they were aware that by going through with the Columbine massacre, people would continue to die because of them through proxy, even after they themselves were long gone.
3. The Warning Signs: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold left a staggering amount of clues and raised many red flags in the time leading up to the massacre, but it still never occurred to anyone how two young boys were capable of doing such a thing. It never even crossed anyones mind. It’s like they left a trail of breadcrumbs that no one noticed until it was too late. The two boys intentionally left bombs and guns in desks and drawers in their rooms like it was a game, and anyone could have found them and prevented the whole thing… however Eric and Dylan both knew no one was looking. They left everything out in the open so that the world would feel the guilt after the tragedy.
4. The Reasoning: The two of them documented their journey and their thought patterns leading up to the day for the world to find after the damage had been done. They wrote their plans and what they were thinking in great detail on webpages and in journals, even taping or recording themselves talking about it. No matter how many times we look at their explanations or reasonings or justifications behind their actions, we will never fully understand why they did what they did, however Eric and Dylan really did try to make it so.
5. The Making of an Icon: The way they looked, the clothes they wore, everything they did became absolutely iconic. You see a black t-shirt with WRATH written in red lettering or a white t-shirt with NATURAL SELECTION written in black and you know straight away where it’s from. The names Reb and Vodka will forever belong and make you think back to them. The black trench coats and suspenders and combat boots, the pair of gloves they shared on the day of the crime. It all seems like one big movie scene and it all links back to them. Nowadays you see the ‘new’ school shooters idolising and copying everything Eric and Dylan did, like wearing their own t-shirts with edgy phrases such as ‘Humanity is Overrated’, all trying to stand out in the way the Columbine killers did so easily.
6. The Timing: The 1990’s and 2000’s were a very significant time in our history. Eric and Dylan were a part of the first generation of people to grow up with revolutionary technology such as computers and the world wide web. In this time, media was really beginning to flourish like never before and while there have been school shootings prior to Columbine, none of them ever received such an astronomical amount of attention because the means for it had never really been there to that scale. Columbine was revolutionary and Eric and Dylan, both having an above average knowledge on computers, media and the internet, knew that it was the best time to make the attack. “Producers will be fighting over our story.”
Of course, there is no right or wrong answer to this question. No one will ever really know why Columbine stood out so high above the rest. Our society works in mysterious ways and with so many tragedies happening somewhere in the world every day, there’s no way of knowing what one will make the headlines next.
I wonder how/when I got so fucked up… -this sentence Dylan wrote in his journal in 1997. ;c
The entire library began to fill with smoke. I turned my head over to the right and I saw these two huge figures enter the library, kind of emerging from the smoke, and the very first thing they said was, ‘Everybody get ready to die.’
How many clips (for their guns) did they have on April 20th?
Well Eric shot 121 times and Dylan 67 times, making a total of 188 shots. And I still believe they had many ammo for their guns with them. So I don’t know the exact number but probably many clips.
At least going by the weapons exhibit, Eric had 13 10 round clips for his Hi-Point carbine. This is backed up in the basement tape transcripts “There are thirteen clips on the floor, which Eric says they were purchased at Green Mountain Guns.” Although his receipt says he only ordered 9 and in Robyn Anderson’s statement she says “Eric got a shotgun and a black rifle that he bought clips for.” at the gun show, specifically, 4 10 round clips, as stated in Eric’s journal “and total of 4 - 10 round clips for the carbine” on 11/22/98, he also wrote on 12/17/98 “Well tomorrow I’ll be ordering 9 more 10 round clips for my carbine.”. I’m guessing the person who transcribed the BTs assumed Eric meant all the clips were from Green Mountain Guns, when he was just been referring to the 9 new ones (without the tapes, obviously we can’t check to see if he’s pointing to specific ones when he says he bought at GMG.) TLDR, Eric had 13 10 round clips (hi-point only makes 10 round clips) 4 of which he bought at the Tanner gun show, and the other 9 he ordered from GMG.
Dylan had a total of 4 magazines, this is noted in his journal drawing of how he would wear his gear, noting a “50” in his tec 9 (his aftermarket [non factory made] 50 round magazine would be the first mag in his tec-9. He took it out and dropped it in the grass after firing a few shots. Presumably his gun jammed and he replaced the magazine, in fact, in the crime scene photo of the magazine in the grass, you can see that it still contains bullets. This is a very common occurrence with the tec-9 in general but especially so when using non factory made magazines, like Dyl’s 50 round one.) and also noted “& 3 other clips” in his left cargo pocket. He states in one of the BTs that he has a “50 round clip, two 36’s, and a 24.”
Also, since all of Eric’s carbine clips only held 10 rounds (he even makes a remark in one of the tapes about this “Eric: (looking directly into the camera) “You’re lucky it doesn’t hold more ammo.”” Can we stop repeating the same misinformation from Jeff Kass that “Harris fired about 10 shots from his rifle at Gardner before his gun jammed.” His gun didn’t jam, that’s just how many bullets his clips held. It’s a small detail, like saying duster instead of trench coat (Harris himself refers to their coats as dusters in his journal), but why wouldn’t we strive to be more accurate in our information.
But don’t forget that Eric got more ammo for his rifle the night before from Mark Manes. So he had more than that for his rifle that day :)
was eric ever in love?
Well Jennifer Sweet claimed that he told her that he loved her as a way to get her to go out with him, but I personally think the closest he ever got to love was Alyssa Sechler, since he cared deeply for her and I believe she was one of his longest crushes.
Are you okay, darling?
Im doing alright, I’m just extremely busy these days with school and work. How are you, dear?