Today marks the 10th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School. What was once a regular April day in the suburbs of Denver, changed the town of Littleton, and our country forever. Never before had we seen such a random act of violence committed by teenagers. Of course since April 20, 1999, we have seen much worse, but it still doesn’t answer the questions of “why.”
I remember standing in my house in Chantilly, having just returned home from running errands, when I flipped on the TV and started hearing about a mass shooting in Colorado.
Having only lived in Virginia for 2.5 years at that point, I felt that I still had close ties to Colorado, and was eager for more details as to what school and city the shooting occurred. When I heard Columbine, it was heartbreaking. When I played Tennis at Rampart we played Columbine during a state tournament. I didn’t know anyone there, I didn’t attend the school, and I didn’t live in their community. But, it still stung. It was closer to home than I would have liked, even with my living 2,000 miles away.
So today marks the 10 year anniversary, and I will think of the survivors and their families, hoping that they are living happy lives and are moving forward from this terrible tragedy.
A few news organizations put together some really good pieces and updates on Columbine: