Essay On School Shootings

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Crime is being committed every day for various amounts of reasons. School shootings are amongst the top serious crimes. A mass shooting is defined as a shooting that kills four or more people other than the shooter themselves, that are either random or planned. School shootings happen for various of reasons, some people have mental illness, they can be acts of terrorism, or a political statement. The Columbine Shooting of 1999 is considered one of the most fatal school mass school shootings in history. According to FBI records obtained by ABC news there have been 50 attempted mass school shootings since the Columbine Shooting in 1999, along with 270 shootings at any kind of school since Columbine. These shootings combine have resulted in …show more content…
The Columbine shooting is one of many mass shootings that have happened in the U.S that resulted in the deaths of 12 high school students and one teacher along with injuring more than 20 other students. Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17 who later turned the gun on themselves, were responsible for the shooting. Around 11:10 am the day of the shooting, the two teens entered the school cafeteria and placed two duffel bags each containing a twenty-pound propane bomb set to explode at 11:17 a.m. The two teens left the building and sat in their car waiting for the bomb to detonate, which never did. When the bombs failed to detonate, Harris and Klebold began their shooting spree. At approximately 11:19 a.m., Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, began shooting fellow students outside Columbine High School. They then moved inside the school where they shot many victims in the library (Columbine High School shootings,2009).
By 11:35 there were 12 students dead, along with one teacher and more than 20 other injured students, by 12pm they have both turned the guns on themselves, taking their own lives. It is believed that their real intention was to detonate the bomb in hopes of taking hundreds of lives. Days after the incident, investigators found that Harris and Klebold purposely chose athletes, minorities and Christians as their victims and one student named Cassie Bernall, was asked by Harris if she believed in god, when she answered