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School Shootings

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    The Arapahoe High Shooter Followed the Columbine Playbook

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Why 4/20 is the absolute worst day of the year in Colorado

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Karl Pierson's online image and more fallout from Arapahoe High shooting

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Arapahoe High School shooting: Lessons from Columbine

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Stop harassing Arapahoe High shooting first responder James Englert, sheriff tells media

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    A Day Without Hate: High school movement spreads to CU-Boulder, Governor's mansion

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Aurora Century 16 reopening: See changes made to ten other massacre sites

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Columbine to Newtown: A tragic list of school shootings since 1999

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Photos: Aurora theater shooting and ten massacre sites that were changed (or not)

    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 >>

  • News

    August 2, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    4/20: Teen volunteer program aims to take day back from marijuana, Columbine

    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 >>

  • News

    March 22, 2012

    The Columbine shootings continue to "inspire" Hollywood

    Thirteen years and a hundred school shootings later, why is Hollywood still obsessed with this one?

  • Blogs

    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 29, 2012

    School shootings: Some bogus Columbine myths resurface

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Reader combines South Park, Columbine, New World Order & guns in five sentences: Amazing!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    David Lawless, charged as Colorado Mills mall bomber, is in the Earl Moore tradition

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Comment of the day: Get over it?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Tom Mauser and the Fix Gun Checks Tour: Disarming lunatics isn't such a crazy idea

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Columbine effect 12 years later: Are schools and cops going too far in prosecuting juveniles?

    Evie Hudak​In 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 >>

  • 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

    May 21, 2010

    Grey's Anatomy finale fails the Columbine test

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Columbine: A True Crime Story author Jeff Kass sets book tour for other sites of school shootings

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Today's featured event: Author Mark Obmascik's got his eyes on the sky again

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Author Jeff Kass on how his Columbine theories differ from Dave Cullen's

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    The Columbine effect: A horrific roster of school shootings since 1999

    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 >>

  • 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

    September 23, 2008

    School shooting in Finland treated as breaking news in Denver

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2008
  • Music

    February 7, 2008

    Marilyn Manson

    Wednesday, February 13, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007

    Does This Photograph Glorify Matthew Murray?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2007
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    April 19, 2007

    Cho's Columbine Martyrs

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2006

    More Messages: Greatest Hits

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 18, 2006

    Flyleaf

    Sunday, May 21, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Hiding in Plain Sight

    Are Columbine's remaining secrets too dangerous for the public to know -- or too embarrassing for officials to reveal?

  • People & Places

    March 25, 2004
  • News

    November 6, 2003

    The Plot Sickens

    Another "lost" Columbine report triggers new questions -- and a long-overdue investigation of police ineptitude.

  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Deeper Into Columbine

    The settlements. The spin. The remaining secrets.

  • News

    April 18, 2002

    Dave's Dilemma

    Playing hide-and-seek with the truth -- the Jeffco way.

  • News

    October 25, 2001

    Back to School

    The bullet in the backpack and other Columbine mysteries.

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    Chronology of a Big Fat Lie

    Tracking the official story of the secret Columbine affidavit.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best director

    Chip Walton

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000
  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Anniversary Post-Mortem

    The media's coverage of the Columbine anniversary was the journalistic equivalent of slow-pitch softball.

  • News

    December 23, 1999

    The Time of Their Lives

    The wheels of justice keep spinning in Jeffco.

  • News

    September 9, 1999

    Back in Black

    The goth culture is in for a dark time at Arvada West High School.

  • News

    July 22, 1999
  • News

    July 1, 1999

    The Black Sheep

    Unitarian minister Joel Miller finds out it's hard to lead the wrong kind of church in southwest Jefferson County

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