“Are you watching what’s happening at that school in Colorado?” is probably the first thing we heard as we watched the breaking news in horror, along with the rest of the world, that two troubled boys entered Columbine High School armed with guns and pipe bombs, killing 12 fellow students, a teacher and then killed themselves.
We will never forget seeing the grisly images of dozens and dozens of wounded students and staff fleeing for safety as emergency personel and on-lookers alike surrounded the school.
For us, April 20, 1999 was a day we will never forget for as long as we live. No horror quite like this had visited us before.
To this day, The Columbine High School Massacre still stands as one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.
The school on the day of the bloodbath; SWAT teams help usher out survivors from the library (the main scene of the massacre)
The victims and dearly departed
Now, 11 years later, more than a million lives are impacted each year as the story of Columbine is told to students in schools all over the country. They learn valuable lessons and also get a moving motivation of life, death, and faith through the lives of those who were lost on that tragic day.
Since then, the school has been re-built: the blood stained carpet has been replaced, fresh paint coats the walls, shelves riddled with bullet holes have been fixed as well as the shattered glass from doors and windows.
A graduating class in 2000 is a sign of how well the school has been doing since the tragedy. They even payed homnage to those who were due to graduate that year, but never made it. But Columbine has changed more than just furniture: lives.
This year, as April 20 rolls around the corner, let us not think about the death and chaos left behind from that day, rather, let us celebrate the life and faith of the victims and think about what life and faith mean to us today and how hope can rise from a tragedy such as the one that happened at Columbine High.
The school today