When security guards Christina Kolk and Cameron Rust heard the first gunshot, they headed toward the north hall of Arapahoe High School. Only moments earlier, a janitor had called them on the radio, saying something about a suspicious individual at the north entrance. Three more shots erupted in t ... More >>
This Sunday thousands of ganja enthusiasts will gather in Denver's Civic Center for what has become an annual rite of spring, the embrace of cannabis culture at 4:20 on 4/20. But this weekend also marks the peculiar collision of several more somber anniversaries, commemorating some of the worst days ... More >>
Update: Last night, the Littleton School District announced that Arapahoe High School, where a Friday shooting left student Claire Davis fighting for her life (see our previous coverage below), will be closed through winter break. We've got the full schedule for students wishing to retrieve their be ... More >>
It's one of those phrases that gets tossed around after a school shooting, like how the shooter "seemed like a nice, quiet boy" and "didn't fit the profile" -- never mind that there is no profile for school shooters, other than seeming to be nice, quiet boys. From the moment news of the attack on Ar ... More >>
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson announced his retirement the day before the shooting at Arapahoe High School. But rather than letting someone else run point, he took charge, communicating clearly and authoritatively in a manner that has earned him excellent reviews despite the tragic situat ... More >>
In 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a student at Virginia Tech, killed 32 people in one of the deadliest campus shootings in U.S. history. About 1,500 miles away, Ben Reed, a teacher at Standley Lake High School in Westiminster had seen enough. But little did he know what his search for a positive way to deal ... More >>
At 5 p.m. today, the Aurora Century 16, the site of the July 20 attack that killed twelve, officially reopens following a ceremony featuring Governor John Hickenlooper and many others. Some family members have called for a boycott of the event -- an indication of the strong emotions stirred by decis ... More >>
The senseless massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of twenty children, including Olivia Engel, seen here, plus seven adults, instantly stirs terrible memories of the 1999 attack on Columbine High School. On the tenth anniversary of that tragedy, we assembled a horrific roster of sc ... More >>
The City of Aurora is conducting a survey, asking folks through August 31 what should be done with the Aurora Century 16, the theater where James Holmes allegedly killed twelve people. Many other massacre sites have faced this unfortunate question in the past, with responses ranging from minor chan ... More >>
April 20 is simultaneously a day of celebration and a day of mourning -- claimed by both pro-marijuana activists and those impacted by the 1999 Columbine shootings. But this year, the Substance Abuse Coalition of Douglas County is looking to reframe these associations. The coalition is organizing "T ... More >>
Thirteen years and a hundred school shootings later, why is Hollywood still obsessed with this one?
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 >>
There's no coherent explanation yet for seventeen-year-old T.J. Lane's attack on Charndon High School in Ohio on Monday, which killed three students and injured two others -- and the "why" may prove elusive for some time to come. The shootings have been treated as utterly random, although recent rep ... More >>
Trey Parker.Plenty of comments affixed to our blog posts are intelligent and thoughtful. Many of them are angry and passionate. Some are rude, obscene and/or offensive. But only a handful are jaw-slackeningly bizarre. Here's an example of the latter -- a paragraph just posted on a two-year-ol ... More >>
Big pic below.David Lawless stands accused of planting anemic explosive devices at Colorado Mills on Saturday, around the same time a bunch of windows were broken at a nearby Best Buy -- and Lawless is the suspect in that incident, too. As for his reasons, they're not clear yet, as remains th ... More >>
It's been over a decade since the Columbine High School shootings, but the wounds are still pretty raw for a lot of folks out there; certainly they are for the people of 13 Families, a documentary that looks at the coping process of the families who lost kids to the massacre. Earlier this wee ... More >>
Tom Mauser Grief alters people. It can devastate and give a new sense of purpose. The murder of his son Daniel in the Columbine shootings has set Tom Mauser on a crusade against gun violence that, over twelve years, has yielded small victories and gradual change -- and plenty of blowback from ... More >>
Evie HudakIn the dozen years since the Columbine shootings, school officials have become hypervigilant about potential troublemakers in their midst -- so hyper, in fact, that state lawmakers are now seeking a formal review of school disciplinary procedures to determine if principals are too q ... More >>
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 >>
Sarah Drew (April) in the "Grey's Anatomy" season finale.From a conceptual standpoint, last night's season finale of Grey's Anatomy had a lot in common with the famous it-was-all-a-dream episode of Dallas. Fans haven't been wowed by many of the new characters introduced of late, so Grey's cre ... More >>
Jeff Kass. Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Jeff Kass is the author of the other book about Columbine -- and while his effort, Columbine: A True Crime Story, has received only modest attention on a national level, he feels his account has much to recommend it over Columbine, local journalist Dav ... More >>
Mark Obmascik. Back in 2002, Mark Obmascik, part of the Denver Post team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, took a year off in order to write a book about, of all things, bird-watching -- and the slower pace agreed with him. "In journalism, we do ... More >>
Local author Dave Cullen's book Columbine has received an enormous amount of media attention -- far more than another recently published tome, Columbine: A True Crime Story. And Jeff Kass, the ex-Rocky Mountain News reporter who penned the latter, has definitely noticed the discrepancy. He's not sur ... More >>
The most resonant information that's come my way thus far today in relation to the anniversary of the April 20, 1999 shootings at Columbine High School was contained in an e-mail sent to Westword by Vicki Newell, a public-policy director with the Colorado PTA. It's a list of school shootings since ... More >>
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 >>
Nine people have reportedly died in a shooting at the Kauhajoki, Finland school seen here. During their 5:30 a.m. news segment, channels 4 and 9 announced a "BREAKING NEWS" item -- but as it turned out, the news broke a long way from here. It involved reports of a school shooting in Kauhajoki, Fin ... More >>
Wednesday, February 13, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Under ordinary circumstances, the attached photograph of a twerpy-looking young man looking down at an electronic keyboard as if confused about what the hell to do with it would never be considered a glamour shot. But a media debate is raging over how and even if news organizations should use the im ... More >>
It's pretty safe to say that Virginia Tech mass murderer Cho Seung-Hui never saw the basement tapes that Columbine gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold left behind. Oh, he probably read about them. But aside from a brief period of media viewings, the tapes have never been released. Officials were co ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
The hype surrounding the impending departure of Katie Couric from NBC's Today reached a new low this morning -- particularly for Denver-area viewers. Today's 7:30 a.m. segment led with a clip of Couric interviewing two locals who'd just lost a loved one in the 1999 Columbine High School shootings: ... More >>
Sunday, May 21, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
Are Columbine's remaining secrets too dangerous for the public to know -- or too embarrassing for officials to reveal?
Another "lost" Columbine report triggers new questions -- and a long-overdue investigation of police ineptitude.
The settlements. The spin. The remaining secrets.
Playing hide-and-seek with the truth -- the Jeffco way.
The bullet in the backpack and other Columbine mysteries.
Tracking the official story of the secret Columbine affidavit.
The media's coverage of the Columbine anniversary was the journalistic equivalent of slow-pitch softball.
The wheels of justice keep spinning in Jeffco.
The goth culture is in for a dark time at Arvada West High School.
Unitarian minister Joel Miller finds out it's hard to lead the wrong kind of church in southwest Jefferson County