On April 20th 1999, a day that would go down in infamy began like any other for the students of Columbine High School. Little did they know a tragic event was about to unfold – two of their classmates would embark on a killing spree that shocked the nation and left an indelible mark on American history.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were weeks away from graduating when they entered the school armed with guns, explosives, and hatred. Fueled by their grievances and rage towards their peers, they opened fire in the cafeteria and library, killing 12 students and one teacher before taking their own lives in the school’s library.
The tragedy at Columbine shattered the idyllic town of Littleton and sent shockwaves throughout the world. It changed how schools view security; it highlighted failures in mental health support; it sparked conversations around gun control legislation; and it kickstarted national conversations about bullying.
While there is no doubt that this tragic event will never be forgotten, this documentary offers viewers previously unseen footage of news coverage during those dark days as well as exclusive interviews with first responders, survivors, family members, journalists who covered the story first-hand, experts in mass shootings, trauma specialists among others – all offering an unparalleled glimpse into what happened at Columbine High School 20 years ago.
The film examines not only what went wrong but also how we can learn from these events to make sure something like this never happens again. If you are looking to gain further insight into why this tragedy occurred – along with thoughtful reflection on our current culture – then don’t miss out on this chance to dive deeper into an incident that changed American history forever.