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Jeffco school district considering tearing down old Columbine High School

Dear Jeffco Public Schools parents, staff, students, and community members, On April 20, 1999, the Jeffco community was rocked by the then unimaginable school shooting which took the lives of … more

Coroner: Woman obsessed with Columbine died before warnings

A Florida teenager obsessed with the Columbine High School shooting had already died by suicide by the time authorities launched a manhunt for her after learning that she had traveled to Colorado … more

Columbine survivor: 'Not a single one of us walked out the same'

Twenty years. Twenty years since the day hell opened beneath Columbine High School. Since students streamed out of the south Jefferson County school, their hands over their heads, fleeing two … more

Woman who spurred metro Denver school shutdowns found dead

A Florida woman whose behavior spurred a massive shutdown of Denver-area schools died by suicide near Mount Evans in Clear Creek County, officials said on April 17. Sol Pais, 18, traveled from … more

Jeffco officials, former Columbine High School principal reflect on threat

After two days of disrupted schools, and a statewide hunt by law enforcement, Jefferson County Public Schools will be heading back to something closer to normal Thursday. Multiple Jeffco schools — … more

‘We see a thousand minds transformed’

Rachel Scott’s life ended in 1999, but her spirit of compassion continues to save the lives of others around the world. Rachel’s parents, Darrell and Sandy Scott, run Rachel’s Challenge, a … more

‘We have love and hope’

They never stop. Coni Sanders’ father Dave Sanders was the only teacher killed at Columbine. To this day, Sanders still gets bombarded with messages from what she calls “Columbiners,” people … more

Spreading love, support in tragedy

Sandy Austin was a school counselor at Jefferson High in 1999. A few years before, she completed her student teaching across the district at Columbine High. So when the call came on April 20 asking … more

'We fell into each other's arms and wept'

There's one memory of Columbine that CBS 4 reporter Rick Sallinger says he'll never get out of his head. “That afternoon, buses kept bringing students to be reunited with their parents,” … more

'People heal on their own schedule'

Heather Martin and Missy Mendo are members of a small but growing group: survivors of a mass shooting. The two were students the day of the Columbine tragedy, and they escaped uninjured. But in the … more

Hard lessons from Columbine help protect kids

Tragedy has changed the way area school districts assess and approach threats. As the home district of Columbine High, the site of what was once the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, … more

‘I stepped out of the darkness’

Sean Graves will always carry some of Columbine with him. Shot several times in the massacre’s first moments, Graves spent three years after the tragedy in a wheelchair. In 2002, he rolled onto the … more

‘Every morning, I wake up and recite their names’

Frank DeAngelis stuck it out. DeAngelis was principal of Columbine High School the day of the tragedy in 1999. He stayed in that role until 2014. “When I retired, I’d been here through the … more

‘Keep looking up. Keep moving ahead’

A week after her daughter Lauren Townsend was killed at Columbine, Dawn Anna stood at a memorial event beside her husband, Bruce Beck. While the speaker said to bow their heads in prayer, Anna said … more

FBI: "No longer a threat to the community"

Shortly after noon today, multiple Jefferson County School District schools were placed on lockout — meaning business as usual within buildings but all access in and out of school buildings is … more

For Littleton Public Schools, security evolves

Littleton Public Schools is often recognized as a national leader in school security, says Guy Grace, the district’s director of security and emergency planning. But when the Columbine tragedy hit … more

‘I don’t have the answers,' father says 20 years after daughter's death at Columbine

Rick Townsend’s daughter Lauren has been gone for 20 years, and the thoughts still cross his mind. “I wonder what she’d be like today,” Townsend said. “We lost graduation. A wedding. … more

‘We’ve got to reach out to one another’

It didn’t sound like much at first. “I think the first thing we heard was a call for someone with an ankle injury at Columbine High School,” said Bill Pessemier, who in 1999 was Littleton’s … more

‘I don’t look at the world the same anymore’

Many Littleton residents know Richard Nakata as the magician at Reinke Bros., the costume shop downtown. But 20 years ago, Nakata was a deputy and bomb squad technician for the Arapahoe County … more

‘It made me more empathetic’

Dr. Mark Elliott still wears a Columbine pin on his lab coat. Elliott, who runs the medical team at Littleton Adventist Hospital, said the memory of April 20, 1999, is vivid in his memory. “We … more
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