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Columbine (High School) Massacre, U.S.

On April 20, 1999, two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, went on a rampage shooting at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, wounding 24 and killing 12 students and one teacher. It was not the first rampage shooting to take place in a school, but it was the deadliest school shooting in history at the time and the second-most-covered news event of the 1990s, second only to Orenthal James Simpson’s car chase with police and televised murder trial. The scope, brutality, and influence on subsequent shootings made Columbine the noun for lethal school shootings. This entry offers an overview of the Columbine shooting and explores representations of Columbine in the media and popular culture since the event took place.

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