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News Impact of 1999 shootings at Columbine High School still felt
Lake County New Herald ^ | 4/19/09 | Michael C. Butz

Posted on 04/19/2009 4:39:26 PM PDT by Pontiac

Ten years ago, Paul Lombardo was teaching at Eastlake Middle School.

Like any other teacher, student or administrator who walked into a school on April 20, 1999, Lombardo had no idea that the day's events would forever change how safety was viewed at public schools across the country.

That day two students walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., and proceeded to shoot and kill 12 of their classmates and one teacher before killing themselves.

"Ten years ago, or even throughout my whole life, if you had told me that was going to happen in my lifetime or that I would be affected by it personally, I wouldn't have believed you," Lombardo said.

Ten years ago, Meri Consolo, Lauren Allen and Christian Kissig were all in second grade and no older than 8.

But on Sept. 2, 2008, these three high school seniors found themselves and 10 of their classmates huddled in the corner of van Heeckeren's classroom as a teenage gunman roamed the halls of South High.

"I guess you could say it was an eye opener for all schools. It's not on the news as much as it used to be, but it can happen anywhere," she said. "I never thought it would happen here, but Columbine taught a lot of schools a lot of things about what can be done to protect the safety of students."

"Because of what has happened in the last 10 years, just with society, it has brought to light that we have to make sure we're prepared for anything that might happen," Lombardo said.

"For those who say it can't happen here ... We now say it can happen here and we need to be prepared."

(Excerpt) Read more at news-herald.com ...


TOPICS: Education; History; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: anniversary; banglist; columbine; schoolviolence; shooting; teens
The Title for the print addition of this article is “It can happen anywhere” A somewhat lengthy article and difficult to excerpt so if I chopped it up poorly I apologize.
1 posted on 04/19/2009 4:39:27 PM PDT by Pontiac
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To: Pontiac

If they had that steel cage like in the other high school this might’ve been avoided.


2 posted on 04/19/2009 4:40:00 PM PDT by exist
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Lake County Ping


3 posted on 04/19/2009 4:40:37 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Pontiac

If you fear the news of the day, dredge up some irrelevant 10 year old story and agonize over it again.


4 posted on 04/19/2009 4:41:03 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . John Galt hell !...... where is Francisco dÂ’Anconia)
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To: Pontiac

of course the media conveniently forgets the DC Snipers...


5 posted on 04/19/2009 4:41:43 PM PDT by GeronL (TYRANNY SENTINEL. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

They were a couple of left wing islamic black dudes


6 posted on 04/19/2009 4:42:51 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Pontiac

on MSNBC tonight there was a show about guns in America. It was put on by Brits and is full of all the typical lies.

The left cares nothing about the lives of our children. They already think there are two many people on earth and support drastic steps to reduce the population.


7 posted on 04/19/2009 4:46:03 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: exist
I intend to write the author and point out to him that No it can’t happen anywhere.

It can only happen where people are required to go unarmed and defenseless.

It can only happen where those with hate and a desire to kill the defenseless know that they can go and kill at will until the police come.

And as was demonstrated at Columbine when the police do come they will gather outside the building and wait and plan an entry strategy while they wait to determine if this is a hostage situation or a mass murder.

8 posted on 04/19/2009 4:46:39 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: driftdiver
It was put on by Brits and is full of all the typical lies.

Did they mention that the Islamic Fundamentalist that they hold in dearest regard don’t need guns to kill their wives and daughters if they happen to allow a bit to much skin to show.

9 posted on 04/19/2009 4:50:37 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: GeronL

This article mainly concentrates on High School shooting with a short diversion to the VTech shooting.


10 posted on 04/19/2009 4:52:57 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Pontiac

Nothing short of concealed carry will solve the problem of mass shootings. Anyone can run through a metal detector and past the unarmed rent a cops and shoot up a place full of sitting ducks.


11 posted on 04/19/2009 4:56:34 PM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: Pontiac

remember to a lefty everything is politics. everything.


12 posted on 04/19/2009 4:56:59 PM PDT by GeronL (TYRANNY SENTINEL. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Pontiac
gun control Pictures, Images and Photos
13 posted on 04/19/2009 5:02:54 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Pontiac

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were products of parents trying to live the American Dream under the ever-increasing burden of Democrat-impossed taxes. It started in the ‘60s. Mom and Dad were never home for these two because both had to work. Just to afford taxes.


14 posted on 04/19/2009 5:08:57 PM PDT by LiberConservative (0bama is to the presidency what Kenny G is to jazz.)
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To: LukeL
Nothing short of concealed carry will solve the problem of mass shootings.

Exactly right. As long as would be killer has Knows where people to find unarmed people they will have a free fire zone whenever they want one.

As of today a free fire zone can be found at any local High School.

In some schools you may have to shoot a cop or two but that shouldn’t present too much of a problem with a little planning and superior fire power.

Only when the perp has no idea where or when the shot may come is there true deterrence.

15 posted on 04/19/2009 5:09:53 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Pontiac

Colorado has some of the most liberal gun laws in the country.

They have a law called.....MAKE MY DAY........

You are permitted to shoot to kill anyone who threatens you OR your property.


16 posted on 04/19/2009 5:16:59 PM PDT by Carley (MOANING IN AMERIKA)
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To: LiberConservative

Under Governor Owens of Colorado, there was a model taxing law in effect. No raising taxes above the level of inflation. This law was acclaimed by other Governors and considered one of the best in the country.

The voters had to approve increased taxes.


17 posted on 04/19/2009 5:19:07 PM PDT by Carley (MOANING IN AMERIKA)
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To: LiberConservative
Mom and Dad were never home for these two because both had to work. Just to afford taxes.

BS. I graduated from Columbine when the top marginal income tax rate was 70%, and only my father worked outside the home. Taxes, particularly in Colorado due to TABOR, have decreased since then.

18 posted on 04/19/2009 5:49:21 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: al baby

That’s exactly why they forget them.


19 posted on 04/19/2009 6:46:55 PM PDT by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: Snickering Hound
School children were not being given SSRIs

20 posted on 04/19/2009 6:53:25 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Pontiac
Officials with the FBI said Friday (5/22/99) their lead investigator in the Columbine High tragedy will stay in his post despite close ties to the school. Dwayne Fuselier's son graduated from Columbine in 1997 and was one of the students who produced a videotape more than two years ago that shows trenchcoat-wearing students armed with weapons moving through the school's halls. The film ends with four students walking away from the school as it explodes in flames.

21 posted on 04/19/2009 7:00:50 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Pontiac

The entire system fell apart and was broke then, and it is in much worse shape today.


22 posted on 04/19/2009 7:43:59 PM PDT by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: Pontiac

The sad thing is, unless we decide to allow children to carry guns to school, schools will always be places where the vast majority of people will be unarmed and defenseless. Even if we allow administrators and teachers to have concealed-carry, I’d say only two or three teachers and administrators in my 7-12 grade high school were the type who might possibly carry a concealed weapon, and this is in a rural, rather conservative school district (as in, there are back roads you can drive down and see houses with huge confederate flags flying). So, even if everyone with both the ability and inclination to use and carry a gun did, it still wouldn’t be much different than having to ‘shoot a cop or two’ and that’s assuming the gunman doesn’t go to the school or hasn’t suddenly developed amnesia or otherwise somehow doesn’t know which teachers would be defenseless and which would (or actually do) have concealed weapons.

So, that said, the problem here is not limited to whether or not the teachers are allowed to carry guns, but it extends into whether or not the teachers would actually carry the guns. Allowing people to have CCW’s in certain places won’t do a bit of good unless someone actually takes the initiative to HAVE a CCW in those place. Granted, there are still situations where many people who, even if they wanted to have a CCW still shouldn’t for safety reasons or wouldn’t for practicality that will still amount to ‘free-fire zones’, but if people are allowed to carry and start to do so, they’ll be relatively few and far between.


23 posted on 04/19/2009 8:19:54 PM PDT by Hyzenthlay (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Pontiac
Ping, Bravo, Ditto, and such. We can be glad that so many are seeing through the Newlib balderdash, and are recognizing the spiritual dimension behind the Columbine tragedy. Another of the encouraging number of such reactions:

Columbine ten years later

Take God out of the classroom, and replace the patriot's gun with the abortionist's scalpel, and it's no wonder we continue to see more events like the Columbine shooting.

24 posted on 04/20/2009 2:33:32 AM PDT by North Country
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To: Hyzenthlay
The sad thing is, unless we decide to allow children to carry guns to school, schools will always be places where the vast majority of people will be unarmed and defenseless.

I wish I could agree with this but I can’t.

The children is today’s America are not self disciplined enough (in general) to be trusted to carry firearms except under constant supervision.

Today’s children are in general an unrulely mess who do not respect their parents or their elders.

Unfortunately divorce, two working parent families, mass entertainment that denigrates fathers has so degraded children’s mental picture of parental authority that our society’s children’s social structure has degraded to the level of “Lord of the Flies”.

No until we have reestablished the sovereignty of the family I don’t think we can again trust children with firearms unless they are under constant adult supervision.

25 posted on 04/20/2009 3:15:01 AM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Carley
Colorado has some of the most liberal gun laws in the country.

Certain major cities excepted (unfortunately).

26 posted on 04/20/2009 3:18:01 AM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Pontiac

CO has a demdum gov. now, and Denver as a demdum Mayor.

The Sec. of Interior, Salazar is shutting down the exploring drilling sites so you can be sure the CO will be bluer than blue before too long.

Very sad.


27 posted on 04/20/2009 6:06:44 AM PDT by Carley (MOANING IN AMERIKA)
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To: Pontiac

Well, even in this ideal society you dream of (in which case, our children wouldn’t need to carry weapons to school to defend themselves against psychotic mass murderers in the first place), there’d still be a lower limit where the children are simply not strong enough to deal with the recoil of anything large enough to stop a gunman, or not experienced enough to shoot accurately, or whatever. Even if you look at history, although teenagers may have carried weapons and fought in battles and such with great frequency, they were considered adult members of society at those times, and actual children weren’t allowed to do such things.

Plus, I was using schools as an example to make the point that there will always still be places (hospitals, adult daycares, mental health institutions, laboratories, YMCA’s, etc) that there are either safety considerations or other practical reasons that would cause people to not carry their weapons.

But, the problems go deeper than how our children are allowed to behave. Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with both parents working if that’s what’s needed to pay the bills, or the children aren’t really affected - in most cases, if a couple just wants something that’s too expensive, the non-working spouse doesn’t go out and get a job, they go out and get a new credit card instead. Mass entertainment that makes fun of fathers only succeeds because society (including the people it makes fun of) tunes in or buys tickets - if nobody watched, they’d catch on pretty quick that they should do something else cause money talks in Hollywood. Children can’t be expected to respect their parents if their parents waste hours a day chatting to cute guys they meet on Myspace and feeding their WoW addiction and quitting one ‘boring’ or ‘annoying’ job after another and in general acting like they’re 14 while their teenagers are getting their own steady jobs and paying for their own rent and groceries and such... let’s say that the ‘Soveirgnty of the family’ has suffered because personal responsibility has suffered and adults are no longer acting like adults ought to.


28 posted on 04/20/2009 9:16:31 AM PDT by Hyzenthlay (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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