The families of the Columbine victims have shown incredible courage all these years. It has been an honor knowing many of them; they taught me so much about strength & compassion through unimaginable loss.
It was my first year working with 9NEWS (KUSA) (and was also working at KOA Radio.)The morning after the tragedy I met a man holding a picture of his daughter as he walked around the school parking lot. She hadn’t come home; he was hoping in the chaos of the day, maybe she was just missing.... Students formed a circle and started to sing. It was the 1st time I could not hold back my tears on the air.
The families who were so kind to share their lives with us then, and even stay in touch all these years later, have made a tremendous impact on my life. They are a reminder to appreciate each day and the ones you love, to relentlessly spread kindness, and approach my job with sensitivity.
💙 #StacksOfHope 💙
I’m joining @jennastopreading with this blue and white stack in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. I was pretty sheltered from the reality of what happened that day, and don’t remember understanding the gravity of what happened until high school, when a victim’s brother came to my school to talk about Rachel’s Challenge— a nonprofit created in honor of his sister Rachel, the first victim, who was known for spreading kindness and compassion throughout her school.
Now, as a teacher, the frequency of tragedies like this one weighs heavily on me as I participate yearly in active shooter trainings, first aid tutorials, and intruder drills with my students. I pray that our country will not grow desensitized to these horrible acts, and I grieve for the families and communities who have known loss due to senseless gun violence. Colorado is on my heart today. 20 years seems like a long time, but I’m certain the pain is fresh every day. I urge you to spend your day making room for remembrance, grace, kindness, and hope toward a more peaceful future.
20 years ago tonight.. April 19th 1999.
The last full school day thirteen beautiful angels would spend with their peers.
The last night thirteen beautiful angels would see their parents, siblings.
The night Harris and Klebold would prepare, thinking this was their only option left.
The night before we lost FOURTEEN, twelve of them innocent, uexpecting, children with bright futures ahead of them.
The night before we lost a loving, selfless, brave teacher.
Tommrrow will be rough for a lot of us, but we can get through it together.
WE ARE ALL COLUMBINE 💙👼🏻
7593920 hours ago
our beloved thirteen.
Rachel Scott, 17
Daniel Rohrbough, 15
Dave Sanders, 47
Kyle Velasquez, 16
Steven Curnow, 14
Cassie Bernall, 17
Isaiah Shoels, 18
Matthew Kechter, 16
Lauren Townsend, 18
John Tomlin, 16
Kelly Fleming, 16
Daniel Mauser, 15
Corey DePooter, 17.
Tonight, 20 years ago, was the last night the thirteen spent with families, before they would go to Columbine High School in the morning. Corey DePooter would have one last dance with his mother 20 years ago tonight, Lauren Townsend would wait for her parents to come back from a game, saying she waited to snuggle, but that it was late and that she would go to bed., 20 years ago tonight. Lauren never got the extra snuggle time promised and planned by her parents for the night of April 20th. Cassie Bernall would write a note to a friend, she’d say “PS : honestly, I want to live completely for God, it’s hard and scary, but totally worth it.” That morning of April 20th, Cassie would give the note to her friend.
They deserved better. They had their lives ahead of them. Don’t forget them. #columbinemassacre#columbine#ourbeloved13#rachelscott#danielrohrbough#davesanders#kylevelasquez#stevencurnow#cassiebernall#isaiahshoels#matthewkechter#laurentownsend#johntomlin#kellyfleming#danielmauser#coreydepooter
6573619 April, 2019
This took my forever and it still looks like shit 😂