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From Columbine to Robb, 169 have been killed in U.S. mass school shootings

Mass shooters have killed hundreds of people throughout U.S. history in realms like stores, theaters and workplaces, but it is in schools and colleges where the carnage reverberates perhaps most keenly — places filled with children of tender ages, older students aspiring to new heights and the teachers planting the seeds of knowledge, their journeys all cut […]

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Colorado Democrats will pursue mandatory waiting period for gun buyers, safe-storage measure in 2021

Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado are planning to introduce at least three pieces of gun-control legislation this year, including a measure that would require a waiting period — potentially of five days — between when someone purchases a firearm and when they can access that weapon. The other two bills would require gun owners to […]

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He survived the Columbine massacre. Now Frank DeAngelis is applying the coping lessons he learned to coronavirus.

Two days after two students killed 12 classmates and one teacher inside Columbine High School, Frank DeAngelis was on the verge of empty. He hadn’t eaten in two days. He hadn’t slept. He didn’t think he had anything left to offer his students. But a counselor prodded the then-principal to follow him to an auditorium […]

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Shootings and shock value: Hoodies, video use similar tactics — including invoking Columbine massacre

By Jeff McMillan and Mae Anderson, The Associated Press NEW YORK — In a breezy back-to-school video spot, angelic children describe their beloved new headphones, sneakers, skateboard. Soon, though, a disturbing reality dawns on the viewer: Those cherished new belongings are merely tools to foil a school shooter stalking the children. And in a show […]

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Citing lack of consensus, Jeffco Public Schools abandons idea to tear down and rebuild Columbine High School

Saying there is not enough consensus to move forward, Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Jason Glass told parents in the district on Wednesday that he is abandoning a suggestion to tear down and rebuild Columbine High School. “I do not believe there is sufficient support to move forward with a proposal to rebuild the school,” he […]

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Should schools and buildings be torn down after mass shootings? Columbine looks to others as it struggles with trespassers

Just two months before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings the school resource officer on campus called the Jefferson County Sheriff for help. A 29-year-old man from Texas was in the school parking lot taking pictures and making bizarre statements. Harry Carswell told an officer he had channeled one of the Columbine […]

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Austin Eubanks, Columbine school shooting survivor who became advocate for fighting addiction, found dead

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Colorado man who survived the 1999 Columbine school shooting and later became an advocate for fighting addiction has died. Routt County Coroner Robert Ryg said Saturday that 37-year-old Austin Eubanks died overnight at his Steamboat Springs home. There were no signs of foul play. A Monday autopsy was planned to determine […]

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This is not Parkland: Douglas County, divided on guns but eager to prevent another school shooting, tries to find its voice

HIGHLANDS RANCH — For Kelly Murphy, the meeting was three years in the making, since a relative with mental illness got a gun and murdered a neighbor. Her resolve to stand up against gun violence solidified after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, when Murphy told herself that if teenagers could speak out on […]