Killing Spree: Columbine High School, Columbine Massacre

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    • 00:03


    • 00:05

      NARRATOR: In 1999, students Eric Harris and Dylan Kleboldwould embark on a massacre that would make history.

    • 00:14

      STUDENT: People were getting shot all around me.

    • 00:18

      NARRATOR: And the name of one Colorado high school,synonymous with tragedy.

    • 00:23

      KATE BATTAN: Children were running from the schoolat breakneck speeds.And I knew that the world had changed.

    • 00:29

      NARRATOR: As the clock ticked----the body count rose.

    • 00:36

      STUDENT: They would pop underneath a table.They would say something like peek-a-boowhen they would shoot someone.

    • 00:41

      NARRATOR: And with it, the question,why had these two young men waged war on their classmatesand teachers--

    • 00:48

      SEAN GRAVES: A bullet entered the side of my backpack,spun around, and actually shot me in the back.

    • 00:53

      NARRATOR: --and committed the world's most notorious killingspree.

    • 00:57

      MAN: What caused them to have so much hatred theywere willing to walk in and kill as many people as possible.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 01:33

      MAN [continued]: In 1999, the area of Columbine, on the outskirtsof Denver, Colorado, had been the epitome of ordinary.

    • 01:43

      JEFF KASS: It's a suburban area.It's pretty quiet.Not a lot of crime.It's overwhelmingly white, middle class,which is to say a very homogeneous place.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 01:57

      NARRATOR: But one spring day in 1999would bring the unremarkable neighborhoodworldwide notoriety.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 02:09

      SEAN GRAVES: You know, April 20th of '99was-- it was a typical day.I was eager to get my grades bumped up,because I was 15 at the time, so getting a driver's permitwas definitely on the horizon.

    • 02:22

      RENEE NAPOLI: The morning definitelywas just a regular day starting my shift.I was an emergency response specialist.I just took regular phone calls to the Sheriff's office,as well as the 911 phone calls.

    • 02:35

      MONTE FLEMING: Normal day.We had a couple, you know, basic calls, medical calls.

    • 02:42

      TOM MAUSER: It was just like any other day.I went off to work.I was leaving that day for a conferencein another part of our state.

    • 02:52

      NARRATOR: Tom's 15-year-old son made his wayto Columbine High School.

    • 02:57

      TOM MAUSER: Daniel was a very shy kid.Very shy, very reserved, but very sweet, a very lovable kid.He was someone who, even as a teenager,was not ashamed to give his mom a big hug.

    • 03:15

      NARRATOR: For fellow students 16-year-old Craig Scottand his 17-year-old sister Rachel,the morning had not started harmoniously.

    • 03:24

      CRAIG SCOTT: My sister was in the car.She was honking her horn because I was making us late.And I had to have my hair just perfect.And we got into the car together,and she was kind of getting onto me about being late.And we got into an argument.

    • 03:44

      CRAIG SCOTT [continued]: [MUSIC PLAYING]This is the road that Rachel and I were on togetherto go to school.And Rachel would pull into here to drop me off.She was just asking me not to make us late all the time.And so we were kind of back and forth in an argument.

    • 04:06

      CRAIG SCOTT [continued]: And we pulled up to the school, and I got out of the carand I turned and I looked at her,and I slammed the car door shut.And I walked into the school.I had no idea that'd be the last time that I'd see Rachel alive.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 04:29

      NARRATOR: Around 11:19 AM, Columbine School,west entrance, Sean Graves and his friends' worldwas about to change forever.

    • 04:41

      SEAN GRAVES: For lunch, there was three of us that daythat chose not to eat-- Dan Rohrbough, LanceKirkland, and myself.We stepped out the side door, like we typically would.We'd usually grab a soda at the vending machines right there,and we'd just jet up and take the path off.Only that morning, things were a little different.

    • 05:03

      SEAN GRAVES [continued]: We were looking up at the top of the dirt hill,and we saw two guys that were wearing all black,their black trench coats.And with them, they were carryinga couple of black duffel bags.We witnessed them loading weaponsthat we just assumed were toys.And that's when it started.

    • 05:27

      SEAN GRAVES [continued]: They showered us with rounds.And Dan and Lance both went down.

    • 05:36

      NARRATOR: One floor above, in the library, Craigand his friend Matt were sitting revising.

    • 05:43

      CRAIG SCOTT: We thought that we were hearing fireworks.We saw students running away from the school.They were trekking through the soccer field.You know, we thought that it was a senior prank.It's about that time for the end of the year,for some silly prank to happen.It was a tradition.

    • 06:06

      NARRATOR: But this was no prank.A nightmare that would shock the world had just begun.[MUSIC PLAYING]At approximately 11:19 AM on the 20th of April, 1999,

    • 06:26

      NARRATOR [continued]: a deadly killing spree had begun at Columbine HighSchool in Colorado.Outside the school cafeteria, 15-year-old student Sean Gravesand his friends Dan and Lance werebeing fired on by two teenagers dressed in black trench coats.

    • 06:45

      SEAN GRAVES: My body was completelybehind a concrete wall.So I was protected.The only thing on me that was sticking past thatwas my backpack.A bullet entered the side of my backpack,spun around, and actually shot me in the back,and shot out my right hip.And at that moment, I lost my legs completely.

    • 07:08

      SEAN GRAVES [continued]: I was paralyzed from the waist down immediately.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 07:19

      NARRATOR: What Sean had originally thoughtwas a prank was far from it.

    • 07:26

      SEAN GRAVES: I found myself laying halfway in the schooland halfway out.And at that moment, I knew that my worst nightmarehad come true.Months, possibly years before the shooting actuallytook place, I had a reoccurring nightmareof somebody in my family, or even myself, being paralyzed.It didn't make any sense then, but the second I looked back

    • 07:49

      SEAN GRAVES [continued]: at my legs, I realized that that dream had come true,and I was the one that was going to be paralyzed.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 07:57

      NARRATOR: Sean lay in the doorway of the cafeteria.And for hundreds of students inside,the reality of what was happeningwas beginning to sink in.

    • 08:06

      SEAN GRAVES: All I remember from that moment was justthe fear in their eyes, looking at me.And I'm sure I had fear looking back.And that's when the fire alarm went offand the cafeteria started to evacuate.

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    • 08:28

      WOMAN: OK.

    • 08:33

      STUDENT: [INAUDIBLE] inside the cafeteria.

    • 08:42

      NARRATOR: Over the prior year, the two mystery shootershad made several extraordinary videos, both spoof and serious,that were chillingly similar to the spree to come.The violent, merciless attacks played out in the videoshad now become a reality.

    • 09:04

      SEAN GRAVES: The two shooters walked downto try and finish off everyone.And I watched one of the shootersshoot Lance in the face.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 09:17

      NARRATOR: At Jefferson County Sheriff's Department,detective Kate Battan was just returning from an early lunch.

    • 09:24

      KATE BATTAN: I asked what was going on.They said that there was a shooting at Columbine HighSchool.So at that point, I started driving towards Columbine.[MUSIC PLAYING]And that's when it became surreal,because the dispatcher was talkingabout snipers on the roof.They were talking about bombs exploding.

    • 09:47

      KATE BATTAN [continued]: And I'm just astounded that this isinformation that's being relayed in suburban Littleton.

    • 09:57

      FRANK DEANGELIS: My secretary ran in.The door was shut.And she said, there's been a reportof shootings or of gunfire and bombs exploding.And I'm thinking, what are you talking about.And I came out of my office, and I ran down here.And as I looked down the corridor,I saw a gunman coming towards me with the shotgun.

    • 10:22

      FRANK DEANGELIS [continued]: When I was staring down and I made contact,it seemed like the size of a cannon.All I kept thinking is what it was gonna feel like to be shot.You know, I thought of my family,was I gonna die quickly.Each time a bullet was fired from the gun,

    • 10:42

      FRANK DEANGELIS [continued]: then glass would shatter behind me.They hear bullets exploding in that area.And what really probably saved my life is girls coming outof the gymnasium in this crossing hall.They were coming into the crossfire,and I wanted to make sure that they were nothit by the gunman's gunfire.

    • 11:04

      FRANK DEANGELIS [continued]: I ran down to this hallway, and Iwas able to get the girls into the gymnasium area.

    • 11:10

      WOMAN: Emergency.

    • 11:19

      WOMAN: Yeah.

    • 11:23

      NARRATOR: Six weeks earlier, March the 16th, 1999.In the mountains south of Columbine,the two shooters recorded another video.This time, the weapons were real.[GUNFIRE][LAUGHTER]

    • 11:43

      BOY: That's a [BLEEP] slug.

    • 11:44

      BOY: Now imagine that in someone's [BLEEP] brain.

    • 11:47

      NARRATOR: Both were students at Columbine High School,just weeks away from graduating.[GUNFIRE][LAUGHTER]

    • 11:54

      BOY: Entry, exit.[LAUGHTER]

    • 11:57

      NARRATOR: 17-year-old Dylan Klebold--[GUNSHOTS]--and 18-year-old Eric Harris.[LAUGHTER]

    • 12:08

      BOY: No, no, no.[LAUGHTER]

    • 12:10

      FRANK DEANGELIS: Harris was a young manthat was in advanced classes.He had dreams of going to the military.He was gonna-- he applied to enlist in the Marines.Klebold was a kid who, a few weeks prior,had visited one of the state universities in Arizona.

    • 12:30

      FRANK DEANGELIS [continued]: So his plan was to go to college.Klebold was at prom three nights prior.

    • 12:36

      NARRATOR: Now, both Harris and Kleboldseemed intent on the destruction of the school,and everyone in it.By 11:27 AM, the two shooters werein an area near the library, whereCraig Scott and numerous fellow students were working.

    • 12:55

      CRAIG SCOTT: We're hearing the firecrackers.We're thinking that it's a prank.We're laughing, we're joking about it.And then that's when a teacher ran into the room.She ran over to the phone.She got on the phone to call the police.

    • 13:11

      RENEE NAPOLI: Jefferson County 911.The phone rings, and I had a calleron the other end of the line who statedthat something was happening at Columbine High School.There was children in the library.And she wanted to obviously, you know, protect them

    • 13:31

      RENEE NAPOLI [continued]: and take care of them.

    • 13:35

      CRAIG SCOTT: She saw all the shots happen.She knew this was serious.She knew this was real.

    • 13:39

      RENEE NAPOLI: OK.We've got help on the way, ma'am.

    • 13:41

      RENEE NAPOLI: Stay on the line with me.

    • 13:47

      CRAIG SCOTT: I got underneath the table with my buddy Matt.And then my friend Isaiah, he came and he sat next to me.

    • 13:57

      NARRATOR: Still lying paralyzed in the cafeteria doorway,15-year-old Sean could do nothing but listen.

    • 14:04

      SEAN GRAVES: I can hear explosions going off upstairs,and I can hear people screaming, and Ican hear gunshots just echoing throughout the school.And there's just chaos everywhere.

    • 14:17

      RENEE NAPOLI: We have paramedics, we have fire,and we have police en route.

    • 14:22

      MONTE FLEMING: We were just setting down to lunch.And the tones went off for a reported possible drive-byshooting near Columbine High School.My partner and I jumped into the medic unitand started heading towards Columbine.

    • 14:44

      MONTE FLEMING [continued]: As we pulled up, several students were running by,and one young gal had a bullet hole in her,I believe, right calf.We treated her.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 14:56

      NARRATOR: After several minutes shooting and throwinghomemade bombs in the corridor outside,Harris and Klebold now approachedthe library entrance, where the teacher wasunder the desk on the line to 911 dispatch.

    • 15:09

      RENEE NAPOLI: I remember trying to get her to close the doorsand lock them to keep everyone in.Is there any way you can block the door so no one can get in?That's OK.I was trying to keep her calm so that I could figure outwhat was going on.[GUNSHOTS]

    • 15:38

      DYLAN KLEBOLD: I'll rip off your goddamn head.

    • 15:41

      RANDY BROWN: Dylan was a family friendof our kids for a long time.He grew up here sort of.

    • 15:47

      JUDY BROWN: Dylan was here a lot.The kids met each other in the first gradeand became best friends.

    • 15:52

      DYLAN KLEBOLD: Hey, what's going on, dude?This is Dylan.

    • 15:54

      JUDY BROWN: There were never fights.A lot of kids you have to send home after awhilebecause, you know, it gets-- with boys.But it was great.The three of them got along great.

    • 16:02

      RANDY BROWN: He was a nice, gentle young man.

    • 16:05

      NARRATOR: Dylan Klebold was born in Colorado,and at the time of the shooting wasliving in his parents' designer homein a desirable natural area just outside the town.

    • 16:17

      DAVE CULLEN: Dylan's parents, they were intellectualsand artists at heart.They had met at Ohio State University in the art program.

    • 16:25

      JUDY BROWN: They didn't believe in spanking.They didn't believe in guns.They didn't believe in war.They were pacifists.

    • 16:32

      NARRATOR: Eric Harris's background was alsofar from under-privileged.

    • 16:36

      DAVE CULLEN: Eric's father was ex-military.He was a decorated Air Force test pilot.

    • 16:43

      JEFF KASS: It required them to bounce around a bit from cityto city as his father would get transferred, but livedin normal, middle-class neighborhoods,not living in the inner city and subjectto gangs or drugs or violence.It did affect Eric, however, alwayshaving to move to another school, make new friends again.

    • 17:06

      JEFF KASS [continued]: That was tough for him.

    • 17:12

      NARRATOR: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were both deeplyinto computers, and both complainedthey were victims of bullying by sporty students known as jocks.

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    • 17:26

      NARRATOR: After settling in the Columbine area,Harris became friends with Klebold.And as such, also hung out with Dylan's friend Brooks Brown.But it would not always be a smooth relationship.

    • 17:39

      JUDY BROWN: He had thrown a snowball at Brooks's carand cracked the windshield.And a kid came up and said here's Eric's backpack,I took it while he was throwing the snowballs.So I'm thinking, well, what's this?I'm gonna take the backpack back.So we drove down in the car, and I rolled down the windowand I said to Eric, I've got your backpack.

    • 17:59

      JUDY BROWN [continued]: Meet me at your mom's house.And we rolled back up the window.Well, he started banging on the window, crazy, sayinggive me my backpack.He was frantic.That was the first time I saw that anger.And it was very unusual.It was quick, and it was fast, and it was unrelenting.

    • 18:17

      ERIC HARRIS: I will frickin' kill you.I'm gonna pull out a goddamn shotgun--[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 18:23

      NARRATOR: The 20th of April, 1999, 11:29 AM.Columbine High School, western side.Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered the library,where four staff members and 52 students were hiding.

    • 18:42

      CRAIG SCOTT: As soon as they came in,they were shooting off their guns.They began to yell at students.They were making some mocking comments.

    • 18:52

      NARRATOR: Nobody, whatever their race, sex, or social status,would be safe from the killing spree.

    • 18:59

      CRAIG SCOTT: The first person that theykilled was Kyle Velasquez, who didn't know to hide.He had a disability, and he liked simple things.His family said he liked panda bears, he liked coloring.And they became the bully.

    • 19:15

      NARRATOR: What would happen next in that librarywould horrify the world.[MUSIC PLAYING]Throughout 1998 and early '99, Columbine High School studentsEric Harris and Dylan Klebold had

    • 19:38

      NARRATOR [continued]: made a number of home videos themed around violence.On April the 20th, just weeks before they were both dueto graduate, fantasy became reality.At 11:29 AM, they entered the library.Like his fellow students, 16-year-old Craig Scott

    • 20:01

      NARRATOR [continued]: was hiding under a table, with his friends Matt and Isaiah.

    • 20:05

      CRAIG SCOTT: A lot of students were being quiet.Some girls were crying, and some girlswere begging for their life.

    • 20:17

      NARRATOR: 911 dispatcher Renee Napoliwas listening in to a phone line left open at the library desk.

    • 20:25

      RENEE NAPOLI: I could hear them speaking, as well asthe children in the library.And I-- there was the definite sound of gunshots.

    • 20:36

      KATE BATTAN: They actually fired out the windows at the policeofficers, and two of those police officers,or deputy sheriffs, fired back.They then walked over and they started systematicallyshooting the kids.

    • 20:52

      CRAIG SCOTT: They treated it likeit was a game, like they were having fun.At one point, they would pop underneath a table,they would say something, like peek-a-boo,and they would shoot someone.

    • 21:04

      KATE BATTAN: I think that they were enjoying themselvesthrough a good portion of the shooting.There was a lot of hooting and holleringand false bravado between the two of them.

    • 21:16

      NARRATOR: Three would be shot dead,and four injured, before Harris and Kleboldworked their way towards Craig Scott.

    • 21:24

      CRAIG SCOTT: They came over to where I was,and they saw Isaiah.And Isaiah was one of the very few African-American studentsin our school.And I believe Dylan called Eric over and, using a racial slur,we have an n-word over here.At one point, he was kind of backing upunderneath the table.

    • 21:45

      CRAIG SCOTT [continued]: And then they were-- at one point, he was being pulled out.And this is something that came up in my memory later.I remember Isaiah said, I want to see my mom.They shot Isaiah, and then they turned their gun towards Matt,and they shot Matt.

    • 22:06

      CRAIG SCOTT [continued]: I had decided to pretend to be dead and notdraw any attention to myself.And so I laid there, and I could heartheir last breaths being taken.

    • 22:27

      NARRATOR: Five more students would lose their lives,leaving 10 dead and 12 injured in the deadly library spreebefore Harris and Klebold left the room at 11:36 AMand began wreaking further havoc around the school.

    • 22:43

      WOMAN: [INAUDIBLE] emergency?

    • 22:49

      WOMAN: We have paramedics, we have fire,and we have police en route.

    • 22:53

      NARRATOR: SWAT sniper Sean Dugan wasone of several law enforcement officerswith children at the school.

    • 22:60

      SEAN DUGAN: I got a page, and it said "all SWAT respondto a critical incident."And so I have all my gear, and I'm trying to call my daughter,and she's not answering her page.And she was a senior in the school that day.So I'm a little frantic that she's not responding.

    • 23:16

      NARRATOR: Hundreds of emergency personnelwere flocking to the school.

    • 23:21

      KATE BATTAN: There was ambulances and fire trucksand police cars and sheriff's cars parked everywhere,and children were running from the school at breakneck speeds,as fast as they could.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 23:36

      CRAIG SCOTT: I was running for my life.And when I got behind the police car,I couldn't help but be thinking about Matt and Isaiah,because they were-- there was stilla little bit of breathing.And I felt-- I felt a little like a coward.

    • 23:56

      CRAIG SCOTT [continued]: [SOBBING]

    • 23:58

      STUDENT: Oh my god.I was under a table, and people were getting shotall around me.

    • 24:06

      KATE BATTAN: It was overwhelming to see the emotionon these kids' faces.And I knew that the world had changed.

    • 24:14

      STUDENT: And there's so many people.Oh my god.

    • 24:20

      KATE BATTAN: Everybody was calling911, from inside the school, from outside the school.So the information that we were getting was conflicting.

    • 24:28

      SEAN DUGAN: As a sniper, you ask what your rules of engagementare.Is this a deadly force situation.And I was told, if any high school-aged kids come outin black trench coats with weapons, they were to be shot.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 24:43

      NARRATOR: Amongst the confusion, the name of one suspectbegan to trickle out.

    • 24:49

      MAN: OK.

    • 24:54

      MAN: OK.What's-- what have you got for me?

    • 25:04

      NARRATOR: It would be revealed that Eric Harris's behavior hadalready been seriously worrying some people.

    • 25:12

      DAVE CULLEN: Along the way, Eric did let outa different lot of signs.He had on his website talking about howhe wanted to kill all sorts of people, hundreds of people.He wanted to kill everybody in Denver.And in particular, Brooks Brown, his former friend.

    • 25:27

      NARRATOR: Disputes like the incidentwith the broken windshield and put Brown on Harris's hit list.

    • 25:34

      JUDY BROWN: Brooks was supposed to pick Eric up for school.And Brooks was terrible with being on time.And Brooks slept in and didn't pick him up.And that was it.That was it.And I said to Brooks, can you smooth it over?And Brooks said, it doesn't work that way with Eric.And so that was the indication Eric doesn't forgive.He was an injustice collector.

    • 25:54

      DAVE CULLEN: Dylan, who was still friends with,and had been lifelong friends with Brooks,warned Brooks to go to a website and see what was going on.

    • 26:04

      RANDY BROWN: He was posting threatsabout wanting to kill Brooks.And that's the thing we took to the police.And from when he started making the death threats,he wasn't allowed in our house anymore.We knew that Eric was dangerous.We did not know Dylan was dangerous.

    • 26:18

      JUDY BROWN: When we turned them in to the police,Eric was into pipe bombs.And he was talking about it on his website.

    • 26:24

      DAVE CULLEN: There was actually a search warrant drawn up,but then was never taken before a judge to search Eric's house.That was never followed up on because therewas another series of murders in the town wherethe person investigating sort of went off that case for a whileand never picked it up again.

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    • 26:42

      NARRATOR: But Harris and Klebold'splan involved something much worsethan homemade pipe bomb grenades,as Sean Graves, still paralyzed and bleedinghalf inside the cafeteria door, was about to experience.

    • 26:55

      SEAN GRAVES: I started hearing the gunshots getting closer.And that's when I realized that they were coming downthe stairs in the cafeteria.They just kept getting closer and closer and closer.And I started hearing explosions.But every time there was a shot, and thenone of those larger booms went off, I flinched.

    • 27:20

      NARRATOR: Harris and Klebold's killing spreehad not just been planned as a shooting.Before they had opened fire that morning,they had placed two large explosive devicesin the canteen.They had been timed to explode at 11:17 AM,and the two students had planned to wait outsideto pick off any survivors fleeing the scene.

    • 27:42

      KATE BATTAN: Eric Harris had evengone so far as to study how many people were in the cafeteriaat any given time during the lunch hour.So he set those bombs to go off when hewould have the mass casualty.Approximately 450 is what he was estimating.And we had 455 kids down there.

    • 28:01

      NARRATOR: The bombs' timers had notworked, which is why Harris and Klebold had begun their killingspree with their guns.However, they'd not given up on their dreamof blowing up the school.

    • 28:13

      SEAN GRAVES: Well, I didn't know it at the time.There was actually a propane canister bomb essentiallythat was no more than five feet from where I was laying.And they were shooting at it, tryingto get the bomb to go off.

    • 28:32

      NARRATOR: Their new attempts to detonatethe bombs only succeeded in a relatively small,partial explosion and fire.But they were a sign of a highly planned, pre-meditated suicidemission.

    • 28:45

      DWAYNE FUSELIER: These two students did not just snap.In this case, it was clear they begantalking about doing something like this just about a littleover a year before.Eric Harris's first entry in his journal, in his notebook,is April 10th, 1998.

    • 29:08

      DWAYNE FUSELIER [continued]: The first words I read I think kind of set the tone.And it was I hate the f-ing world.

    • 29:13

      DAVE CULLEN: You know, he's not talking about hating jocks,he's not talking about, you know,any kind of particular group.Later, he makes fun of just about everybody.People who drive too slow in the fast lane, peoplewho say across instead of across or, youknow, mispronounce words, you know, any trivial thing.You know, there's nothing too trivial for Eric

    • 29:33

      DAVE CULLEN [continued]: to have contempt for you.

    • 29:36

      DWAYNE FUSELIER: Dylan also had a lot of writings and notesthat he left.His centered around his emotions, his feelings.He clearly stated he was depressed.He clearly stated that his life was a mess.

    • 29:51

      DAVE CULLEN: Dylan's journal went on for two years.And the very first page, he talks about killing himself.He had a miserable perception of himself,and often at complete odds with reality.

    • 30:02

      DWAYNE FUSELIER: He was, in my mind,a classic adolescent depressive, or goingthrough an adolescent depressive episode.When confronted with some of his inappropriate behavior,he would get extremely angry, whereas when people confrontedEric with some of his earlier misbehaviors,he would respond in a classic psychopathic way.

    • 30:23

      DWAYNE FUSELIER [continued]: He would tell you what you wanted to hear,promise never to do it again, and would be looking youin the eyes and deliberately telling you whathe thought you wanted to hear.

    • 30:33

      JACK LEVIN: Harris had a personality disorder thatmade him lacking in empathy for the suffering of victims,made him very manipulative and crafty.You know, he had an uncanny abilityto present himself any way he wanted so he looked

    • 30:54

      JACK LEVIN [continued]: like a good guy to many people.But actually, he didn't have a conscience, or what SigmundFreud called a superego.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 31:05

      NARRATOR: Brooks Brown's mother experienced Eric's excuseswhen his father sent him around to apologize for damagingher son's windscreen.

    • 31:14

      JUDY BROWN: He looked at me and he said, Mrs. Brown,I am sorry.I didn't mean any harm.And I said, look, Eric, you can pullthe wool over everyone's eyes, but you're notgonna do it over mine.You come by this house, you threaten my kid, you do damage,I'm gonna call the police.So you stay away from our house and stay away from me.And he said, are you calling me a liar?

    • 31:34

      JUDY BROWN [continued]: And I said, yes, I am, and don't come around the house again.And he got bright red.I mean, he was so angry at me.And he left the house.

    • 31:44

      NARRATOR: Together, Eric Harris and Dylan Kleboldhad become a deadly partnership.And the two killers were now wreaking havocnot only inside the school, but outside, too, as parents fearedfor the fate of their children.

    • 32:00

      SEAN DUGAN: About the time I got to my sniper position,my phone rang, and it was my daughter.And I said, are you OK?She says, yeah, I'm home.And I said OK, I have to go.I love you.And we hung up.

    • 32:13

      NARRATOR: Many parents, includingDaniel Mauser's father, learned of the unfoldingevents through the media.

    • 32:19

      TOM MAUSER: There on the television was news coverage.It looked terrible.But I said to myself, well, if there'ssomething going wrong at the school,certainly my son wouldn't be involved.He was not somebody who'd be in trouble or being

    • 32:40

      TOM MAUSER [continued]: targeted by somebody.So when I got home, my wife had a very concerned lookon her face.Why wasn't he calling us.[MUSIC PLAYING]So I agreed to go to another school, wherea number of the students were being taken in school busesafter they escaped.

    • 32:60

      TOM MAUSER [continued]: And as I was driving, I was listening to the news coverage.And at one point, I heard them mention that they were takingsome students to the hospital.And one of the ones they mentionedwas a 15-year-old boy who was shot.So of course, the first thing I thought was,

    • 33:20

      TOM MAUSER [continued]: 15 years old, that's how old Daniel is.What if that's Daniel?Could that be my son?[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 33:29

      NARRATOR: At the nearby elementary school,many parents would be reunited with their traumatized kids.

    • 33:35

      TOM MAUSER: I saw parents walking out with children.And I just said to myself, I want to be one of them.I want to get this over with.I want to be one of those people.

    • 33:46

      NARRATOR: By 12:02 PM, Columbine High School, cafeteria exit,student Sean Graves, bleeding profusely, had passed out.Meanwhile, two medic units approached his location.

    • 34:01

      MONTE FLEMING: I drove around the south side.As we're pulling into the parking lotthrough all the cars, see several studentshiding behind cars, several deputies with their weaponstrained on the building.

    • 34:14

      SEAN GRAVES: I couldn't figure out what woke me up,but when I did snap back to it, therewas some commotion behind me.And as I overlooked my shoulder, therewas an ambulance sitting right behind me.I saw two paramedics.One jumped out of the driver's seat and the otherfrom the back of the ambulance.And they grabbed me, picked me up by my shirt and my belt,and they were dragging me out.

    • 34:36

      SEAN GRAVES [continued]: And I remember just looking down to see my arms and my legsdangling.And that's when the shooters realized that somebodywas down there helping us.And I could see the concrete, just poofs of white dust.They were opening fire on us.They were trying to kill us.Again.

    • 34:53

      NARRATOR: Holed up amongst the deadand injured in the library, Eric Harrisand Dylan Klebold now had their weaponstrained on the paramedics and casualties below.[MUSIC PLAYING]By 12:02 PM on the 20th of April,

    • 35:13

      NARRATOR [continued]: 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Kleboldhad been running amok in Columbine HighSchool for more than 40 minutes, leaving a trail of deadand injured in their wake.Then, as Fire Department paramedics moved into assist casualties, like Sean Graves and his friends,Harris and Klebold began firing on the kids and rescuers.

    • 35:38

      MONTE FLEMING: I found Medic 13's crewwere struggling to get Sean Graves loaded upinto the medic unit.So I came up in the middle of them.And one had the head, the other had the feet,and we stepped into the ambulance.

    • 35:51

      SEAN GRAVES: They threw me in first.

    • 35:54

      MONTE FLEMING: Saw another young man laying by the fence.And he turned his head and made eye contact with meand said, help me.I scooped up and then dumped the young manliterally into the back of the ambulanceso that they could get out of the gunfire.

    • 36:11

      SEAN GRAVES: I just remember hearingthe sounds of bullets hitting the top of the ambulance, justthe metal tinging.And that-- I'll take that away from allof that as being a sound that I'll never forget.

    • 36:25

      NARRATOR: It would be among the last acts of Harrisand Klebold's killing spree.

    • 36:30

      JEFF KASS: They were shooting at the cops.They were taking pot shots, and police were firing back.And I think they realized the only escape was goingto be into the long arm of the law,and a prosecution and jail and prison.And I think there was a thought of, let's end this

    • 36:50

      JEFF KASS [continued]: the way we want it to end.Let's control our own destiny.

    • 36:55

      NARRATOR: At around 12:08 PM, Eric Harris and Dylan Kleboldtook their own lives.[MUSIC PLAYING]But for the children of Columbine HighSchool and their parents, the nightmare was far from over.

    • 37:12

      FRANK DEANGELIS: Kids would leave Columbineand they would be placed on a busand reunified with their parents.And as the night went on, buses were not arriving,and there were still parents left.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 37:28

      TOM MAUSER: After nothing happening for a while,they informed us that there was one last schoolbus that was coming.One last school bus with students.

    • 37:39

      NARRATOR: But for some desperate parents clinging on to the hopethat their children would return,there was to be no happy ending.

    • 37:47

      TOM MAUSER: Later on, the authoritiesconfirmed to us that they made a terrible mistake.There was no last school bus.

    • 38:03

      DWAYNE FUSELIER: At the end of the day,we had 13 innocent people killed,which were 12 students and one teacher.In addition, Harris and Klebold also dead by apparent suicidein the library.So we knew we had 15 fatalities, most

    • 38:25

      DWAYNE FUSELIER [continued]: of the fatalities in the library.

    • 38:31

      NARRATOR: For Craig Scott, who had sufferedthe trauma of having his friends murderedbeside him in the library, there was worseto come when he learned of the fate of his sister.

    • 38:43

      CRAIG SCOTT: Rachel was the first one that was killed.And she had been killed right outside the school library.And I realized that when I ran out of the school,I had ran right by Rachel.And--

    • 39:16

      TOM MAUSER: My son was one of the last that was shot.He was next to last who was shot.And from the reports that we have,Eric Harris looked at Daniel and insulted him.I believe it was he called him four eyes because hewore glasses.

    • 39:37

      TOM MAUSER [continued]: And he fired a shot that went into Daniel's hand.Daniel fought back.He took the chair that was there and he pushed ittowards Eric Harris.And for that, he paid with his life.Eric Harris fired one more time and shot him in the face.

    • 40:02

      TOM MAUSER [continued]: Killed him.

    • 40:06

      NARRATOR: So what caused these two students, both justweeks away from graduating, to havesuch disdain for human life?

    • 40:14

      FRANK DEANGELIS: These two kids did not come outof their mother's womb hating.What happened from the time they were born to the timethat they carried out this horrific act?

    • 40:25

      DWAYNE FUSELIER: One thing that iserroneous is to talk about why they did this, implying that itwas for the same reasons.They were two basically different guys.In my colloquialisms, I would sayEric Harris was filled with anger, with rage.He wanted to hurt other people, and didn't care if he died.

    • 40:48

      DWAYNE FUSELIER [continued]: Dylan, on the other hand, I believe was hurting inside,and at various times wanted to die because he felt so bad,he just saw no reason to keep on living.

    • 40:59

      DAVE CULLEN: People who study these call them dyads.And there's a long history of Bonnie and Clyde, Leopoldand Loeb.And very often, most often, you have a stronger personand a weaker person.And in this case, Dylan had incredibly low self-esteemand needed somebody to validate him, makehim feel good about himself.

    • 41:18

      NARRATOR: Some consider bullying at the schoolto be the primary factor.

    • 41:22

      RANDY BROWN: Once you hate the bullies and no onedoes anything to defend you, you hate the peoplein the class that don't say anything.You hate the teacher that doesn't say anything.You hate the counselors that allow it to happen.They, in essence, end up hating the school.Not just the bullies, they hate the school.And they want to kill the school.

    • 41:40

      CRAIG SCOTT: I think that they didn't see that theyhad a lot going for them.They became isolated, and that isolation and then exposureto a lot of negative influences in their lifethat they chose to focus on I think reallytook them towards a darker and darker place.

    • 41:60

      JACK LEVIN: Harris was the dominant person who inspiredthe Columbine massacre.And I think Klebold went along to get along.It was that chemistry that created this insanecircumstance where they were able to kill lots of peoplewith moral impunity.

    • 42:21

      NARRATOR: For the Columbine teachers, students,and parents, life would never be the same again.

    • 42:29

      SEAN GRAVES: I was paralyzed from the waist down.I spent months in the hospital.They didn't foresee me ever walking again.And I was angry.I was very angry about that.But at the same time, I'm extremely stubborn.

    • 42:49

      SEAN GRAVES [continued]: So I didn't let that be the end of it.I made a goal for myself to walk across the stage at graduation.I wanted to be able to graduate knowingthat I didn't let those two control my life,I didn't let them ruin my life.And I've actually been walking ever since.

    • 43:16

      NARRATOR: For 911 dispatcher ReneeNapoli, who listened as 10 children were murderedin the library, the enormity of what she'd heard soon hit home.

    • 43:25

      RENEE NAPOLI: My first day off, Iwent to pick up my children from high school.And I had a really hard time picking upmy own children from high school,so much so that my son had to drive home.And that's when it really hit me,is that I'm able to pick up my children from high school

    • 43:47

      RENEE NAPOLI [continued]: and somebody else is not able to do that.[MUSIC PLAYING]

    • 43:54

      TOM MAUSER: The words that we have herewere written by my wife.She did a great job of summing up Daniel's life,and what this means to us to have this here to honor him.Wow.[BIRDS SQUAWKING]

    • 44:16

      TOM MAUSER [continued]: It's like they did it for Daniel.[MUSIC PLAYING]

Killing Spree: Columbine High School, Columbine Massacre

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April 20, 1999 is a day that will live into notoriety, marking the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold embarked on the planned massacre throughout Columbine high school, killing thirteen before taking their own lives. This documentary examines the victims, victims' families, and the motives behind the shooting.

Killing Spree: Columbine High School, Columbine Massacre

April 20, 1999 is a day that will live into notoriety, marking the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold embarked on the planned massacre throughout Columbine high school, killing thirteen before taking their own lives. This documentary examines the victims, victims' families, and the motives behind the shooting.

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