Columbine High School

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Reader: Columbine tragedy still resonates because being an American teen sucks

    When sharing our recent post about Natalie Carpenter, a Connecticut teen jailed for making threats against schools apparently inspired by the Columbine tragedy, we asked why so many remain obsessed with the shooting nearly fifteen years after it happened. Readers responded with plenty of passionate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    After Aurora theater shooting, Ken Gordon takes aim at political contributions from gun lobby

    Ken Gordon is a crusader. Term-limited out of the Colorado Senate, the one-time candidate for Secretary of State, a position that oversees elections, has now decided to fix the system from the outside. Last year, he founded, a non-partisan organization working to get money out of p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    James Holmes rumor mill after Aurora shootings: More viral than Columbine

    In the aftershocks of the shootings at an Aurora theater that left twelve dead and dozens wounded, it's inevitable that the tragedy would evoke comparisons to the 1999 attack on Columbine High School. Certainly, the instant online speculation about the shooter and his motives is eerily reminiscent o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Basalt High schoolers' plan to beat, kidnap, starve teen breaks on Columbine anniversary

    Each anniversary of the April 20, 1999 Columbine High massacre seems to bring disturbing new events -- like Earl Moore's attempted bombing of a nearby mall. This year's shocking tie-in: An announcement that a Basalt High student had been busted for an alleged plan to kidnap, beat and starve another ... More >>

  • News

    April 5, 2012
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    March 22, 2012

    Columbine on TV: The five most convoluted school shooting episodes

    This week's feature, "The Columbine Effect," reports on the controversy over a proposed miniseries about the shootings at Columbine -- and the way filmmakers have made use of the tragedy to advance various agendas of their own. But references to Columbine in indie films and documentaries, however up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Columbine High School hammer attack: Freshman's bust gets big media attention

    This morning, a freshman girl at Columbine High School allegedly attacked two fellow students with a hammer. It's a story that would likely have remained local had it happened elsewhere. But because the incident took place at Columbine, outlets from ABC to the Sydney Morning Herald are covering it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Zero tolerance policies enacted after Columbine massacre need to go away, panelist says

    Columbine, 1999.​Inspired by the 1999 assault on Columbine High School and the horrific roster of school shootings since then, officials developed a "zero tolerance" approach to disciplining students whose actions touch on violence, no matter how tangentially. Now, a panel appointed by the sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Earl Moore charged with arson, not terrorism, in Southwest Plaza bomb try near Columbine

    Big pics below.​Update: At 2 p.m. this afternoon, Earl Albert Moore is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Denver to be advised of the charges against him in relation to an attempted bombing at Southwest Plaza mall on the twelfth anniversary of the shootings at nearby Columbine High ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Tonight: 13 Families brings the impact of Columbine a little closer to our hearts

    ​When 13 Families, a new documentary about how the families of the thirteen victims of the Columbine shootings cope with their loss, premieres tonight at the Denver FilmCenter, it will be a new experience for the public. After so much media focus on the more sensational and political aspects o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Columbine: Thirteen Families documentary focuses on long road to healing (VIDEO)

    ​After twelve years of investigations, exposés, books, videos and Michael-Moore-sized pontifications, what more is there to say about the 1999 Columbine shootings? Plenty, according to the makers of Thirteen Families, a new documentary set to premiere in Denver on April 18, which focuses on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Kristin & Candice Hermeler: Suicide-pact twins' Columbine fascination deeper than admitted

    Kristin Hermeler​It didn't make much sense that Candice and Kristin Hermeler would travel halfway across the world to enact a suicide pact at a local gun range -- until reports began to surface about the Australian twins' obsession with the Columbine shootings. While police have tried to downp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Candice & Kristin Hermeler: Judy Brown on Columbine tie to Australian twins' suicide pact

    Kristin Hermeler.​Last week, we learned that Australian twins Kristin and Candice Hermeler, whose suicide pact left the former dead and the latter seriously wounded, had an interest in the 1999 Columbine massacre, but we didn't know the roots of the connection. Now, however, Judy Brown, whose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    The Fort Hood tragedy and echoes of Columbine

    Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged Fort Hood shooter.​Whenever there's a mass shooting of the sort that burst out at the Fort Hood military base in Texas yesterday, the vast majority of people who lived in the Denver area in 1999 immediately flash back to what happened at Columbine High Scho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Sky News on the Columbine connection to British teens' trial

    Another month, another high-profile reference to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Yesterday marked the start of a trial in London focusing on Matthew Swift, 18, and Ross McKnight, 16, who are accused of planning to blow up their school. This scheme would have triggered memories of Columbine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Jason Sheehan keeps the home fires burning in Best Food Writing

    The Columbine Steak House, home of the last $10 steak.​Da Capo's Best Food Writing 2009, is out, and once again it includes a piece from Jason Sheehan: "The Last of the Great $10 Steaks," his wonderful Westword review of the Columbine Steak House. Here's a taste: The smell of cheap steaks b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Alex Youshock bombing and the legacy of Columbine

    Alex Youshock.​Alex Youshock, an appropriately named 17-year old, has been identified as the person arrested yesterday for bombing his old school, San Mateo's Hillsdale High; no one was injured in the attacks. And predictably, the word "Columbine" figures in much of the coverage, even though n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Ask the Critic: Vegetarian death march

    Okay, so say you've got a friend. And this friend, for whatever reason (religious aversion, misguided sense of moral outrage, PETA brainwashing), has chosen not to eat meat. Still, you, as a proud carnivore, want to go out somewhere where both of you can have a decent feed. This week's question? Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Frank DeAngelis wedges into the spotlight regarding canceled Oprah show about Columbine

    Monday's blog "Is the Media Focusing Too Much on Principal Frank DeAngelis in Regard to the Columbine Anniversary?" noted that the administrator had been featured in a staggering number of reports tied to the tenth anniversary of the slayings at the Jeffco high school, locally and nationally. Among ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 23, 2009
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    April 23, 2009
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    April 20, 2009

    Columbine tenth anniversary coverage: massive, well-intentioned, mostly unenlightening

    A word that applies to the vast majority of the stories I've seen, heard or read about today's tenth anniversary of the killings at Columbine High School is "obligatory." Although fewer commemorative efforts have appeared on April 20 in recent years than in the immediate aftermath of the bloodshed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Why Germans care so much about Columbine

    One of Dylan Klebold's pipe bombs. A film crew from Munich-based FOCUS TV Produktions was in our southwest suburbs during the past few days, interviewing people whose lives have been altered by the Columbine shootings ten years ago -- school and police officials, parents and survivors of the massac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Shmucks of the Week: Brophy and King

    It's coming up on the ten-year anniversary of the Columbine High School murders -- so what better time to introduce a bill in the state legislature that would ease a restriction on certain people who want to buy firearms? The bill, pushed by Republican senator Greg Brophy of Wray (pictured) and Rep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Columbine, redux

    There have been other school shootings in the ten years since Columbine, horror scenes with even bigger body counts. But for some reason, Columbine is the crime that resonates; "Columbine" is the word that keeps getting repeated in the tales of similar plots -- some carried out, some foiled. It was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Forthcoming books prefigure media deluge for Columbine's tenth anniversary

    Brace yourselves: The tenth anniversary of the attack on Columbine High School arrives this April -- and it will be accompanied by a media avalanche that will hopefully add enough perspective about these horrific events to at least partially offset the pain many locals will feel at being forced to r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    The connection between the Columbine massacre and terror attacks in Mumbai

    A report that suggests an aroma for CSU perfume -- the topic of today's blog "Colorado State University Smells Like... Deer and Locker Rooms?" -- wasn't only the unusual mention of this state we're in on National Public Radio yesterday. An unexpected local reference popped up in "Mumbai Attacks Offe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2008

    Ninth Anniversary of Columbine Shootings Covered By the Numbers

    April 20 wasn't just a day when pot smokers congregated to celebrate their need for weed; it was also the ninth anniversary of the slayings at Columbine High School. Because nine isn't a number that typically demands commemoration -- and because it immediately precedes ten, which does -- some of us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2007

    In Praise of the Columbine Killers

    "I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled, and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007

    The Hard Lessons About Safe Schools

    The little gremlins are back on the yellow buses, which means it's time for the 2007 "revised" edition of the School Violence Prevention and Student Discipline Manual, issued by Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers to schools throughout the state. You can find the complete manual here on the AG ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2007

    Now it really is Safe2Tell

    Today Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 07-197 into law, which will guarantee the anonymity of callers to the Safe2Tell hotline set up in response to the Columbine Commission’s recommendations. People can call 1-877-542-SAFE to report any threats or bullying. Bullying, which is often cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2007

    More Insanity

    So why a school? And not just any school, but a college campus of more than 26,000 students — possibly the only place even more vulnerable than your local schoolyard. And why now, just a few days before the infamous anniversaries of Waco and Columbine? At least 31 dead, including the gunman, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2007

    The Twenty-Year Itch

    U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock has spoken. The privacy rights of the parents of two mass murderers outweigh any public interest in learning about the home life of the killers — not to mention the families' dealings with school officials and law enforcement over the escalating bad behavior o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2007

    Columbine Study Questions

    The eighth anniversary of the Columbine shootings is rapidly approaching. So is the moment of decision for U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock, who plans to rule on the fate of a trove of court-sealed documents dealing with the massacre's last remaining secrets. The materials include medical and ps ... More >>

  • News

    February 1, 2007

    The Good Part

    A Columbine survivors journey to a new life takes a few detours through film, Michael Moore, God and book deals.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2006

    More Messages: Game On

    For those of us who watched the media in action following the 1999 killings at Columbine High School, coverage of yesterday's football matchup between Platte Canyon High School, site of last week's slaying of student Emily Keyes (pictured), and Colorado Springs Christian School provided another dose ... More >>

  • News

    October 7, 2004

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of October 7, 2004

  • News

    September 30, 2004

    Anatomy of a Cover-up

    Days after the Columbine shootings, Jeffco officials were already lying about what they knew. What about now?

  • News

    April 22, 2004

    You Must Remember This

    The horrors of Columbine, reduced to a single page.

  • Culture

    April 1, 2004

    Shooting Blanks

    Columbine-based Bingo Boyz targets the obvious.

  • News

    February 26, 2004

    Quagmire Without End, Amen

    Truth is the first casualty of war -- and Columbine.

  • News

    October 23, 2003

    Coloradans Take Aim

    The Second Amendment triggers dialogue.

  • Calendar

    October 17, 2002

    Reel Violence

    The Denver Film Festival looks at the effects of screen violence.

  • News

    April 11, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of April 11, 2002

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Secret Agents

    Jeffco is a public-records embarrassment.

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    The Paper Chase

    Elvis is dead -- but Columbine lives on.

  • News

    January 10, 2002

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    The truth will out -- just not in Jefferson County.

  • News

    December 6, 2001

    Shocking the Conscience

    Dismissed lawsuits leave victims' families frustrated.

  • News

    November 22, 2001

    Give Thanks

    Are we having funds yet?

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