Monday, April 13, 2009

COLUMBINE - Ten years after

Exactly ten years ago next week, on April 20, 1999, the nation suffered one of the great tragedies of the 20th Century.  That day Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School and opened fire on their classmates.  When it was over they killed 11 students and 1 teacher, before killing themselves.  This was more than just a school shooting.  It was meant to be bombing. It was meant to be a made for TV event.  Much of the reporting immediately after the shooting was wrong. It is only now that we have a clearer picture of what happened, why Eric and Dylan did it, how the community reacted and how these two boys, from such different places, would come to the same place at the same tragic time.  

Our understanding is only now clear because of the work of Dave Cullen, a journalist who has covered the story from hours after it happened and has devoted the past ten years to trying to fully understand it.  His new book COLUMBINE is the definitive account of the incident.

My conversation with Dave Cullen: