The damage in the library windows after the shootings
The Library Team
As Arvada police detective Russ Boatright took his team into the school library for the first time, technicians were still photographing, cataloging and collecting debris.
"We actually had an idea of what happened before we went in there," he says. "But it doesn’t actually hit you until you see it."
At 40, Boatright had been a cop for more than 17 years. He’d seen plenty of misery, including crimes against children.
But the blood-spattered room stunned even him.
At first, he could not imagine the terrifying minutes in the library on April 20 — smoke choking the air, a fire alarm blaring, strobe lights flashing, gunshots ringing out, one after another.
But soon it would become painfully real to him.
Boatright’s team had the benefit of one incredible piece of evidence — the tape of a 911 call made by Patricia Nielson, a teacher Harris wounded. She’d been shot near the school’s west doors, where the gunmen entered, then had crawled to the library and grabbed a phone.
Despite the wail of the fire alarm, investigators were able to enhance the tape.
What they retrieved was an audible record of terror, one gunshot at a time. The tape showed that the shooting in the library was over in 71/2 minutes.
Starting with a rough sketch, investigators asked the 40 kids and four teachers who had survived the library massacre to draw in their recollections.
Boatright kept track of the developing story with color-coded markers — red for the dead, blue for the wounded, green for the survivors who escaped physically unharmed.
The FBI sent experts to Columbine from Virginia to construct an elaborate model of the school. They took back rough drawings and detailed measurements.
They returned in midsummer with a diorama of the cafeteria and the library above it. It was exact — down to the bookshelves that divided the library into three sections and the trees standing outside.
Boatright’s team started interviewing everyone.
"Nobody saw everything from A to Z," he says.
The physical barriers in the room — bookshelves and desks — and the terror accentuated the reality that no two people ever see an event exactly the same way.
It reminded Boatright of a collage that hangs in a hall at Columbine.
A teacher assigned students to photograph a tree. Each kid snapped pictures from various angles. When they put all the pictures together, the composite image depicted the entire tree, each slice a different size, from a different perspective.
To clear up the inconsistent library accounts, the team launched an excruciating process — taking the survivors back inside.
For the traumatized kids and their parents, it was an appalling scene: dried blood on the floor and walls, name tags marking the spots where students fell.
The investigators asked the survivors to crawl back under the tables where they had ducked for cover. Then they joined them, on hands and knees, to see it how the survivors had seen it.
One of the most noted episodes in the library had been a reported exchange between student Cassie Bernall and one gunman.
"Do you believe in God?" the gunman asked.
"Yes, I believe in God," Cassie replied.
"Why?" the gunman said, then pulled the trigger.
But student Emily Wyant, who had crouched under a table beside Bernall, told investigators the conversation never happened.
Later, with student Craig Scott, who’d escaped from underneath a table where two classmates died, investigators’ doubts grew.
Scott is the brother of Rachel Scott, who had been killed outside the school. He had been a few feet from Cassie and thought it was her voice he heard.
But when he revisited the library, he realized the voice had come from another direction — from the table where student Valeen Schnurr had been shot.
Investigators came to believe it was probably Valeen, who survived, who told the gunman of her faith in God.
Reconstructing events in the library drained Boatright and his team. They gradually realized how vulnerable everyone had been that day.
"When you see the room, you see that no one was really hiding," Boatright says.
One question could not be answered: How did Harris and Klebold pick their victims?
Under one table, they’d gun down two kids, only to leave a third physically unscathed.
"None of it makes sense," Boatright says. "Realistically, they could have gone through that library and shot every single person."
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Serial killers/Mass murderers emulating Natural Born Killer’s film
"Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold of the Columbine High School Massacre were fans of the film. They used the initials of the movie’s title, "NBK," as a code for their mission: ‘God I can’t wait till they die. I can taste the blood now – NBK" and "the holy April morning of NBK’ are just a few examples. Also, in an undated journal entry, Klebold wrote about his options. ‘I’m stuck in humanity. Maybe going ‘NBK’ w. eric [sic] is the way to break free,’ he wrote, referring to the scheduled rampage".
Valeen Schnurr (shot 9 times, actual recipient of the “Do you believe in God?” statement) survives to accept her diploma from Columbine High School.
“I think they’re both incredibly emotional actors.” - Jessica Lange
WE NEED FEMINISM BECAUSE WHEN LANCE ARMSTRONG GOT CANCER AND LOST A TESTICLE IT WAS ALL ABOUT HIS HEALTH AND HOW INSPIRATIONAL HE WAS BUT WHEN ANGELINA JOLIE GETS A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY TO PREVENT HERSELF FROM GETTING CANCER, IT’S ALL ABOUT HOW SHE WON’T BE A SEX SYMBOL ANYMORE AND HOW MEN ARE OFFENDED CAUSE SHE WON’T BE AN OBJECT FOR THEM
I’m pretty sure I reblog this already but this need to be reblog again
"Those people with stretched ears and tattoos are all bad news."
"Why Eric? I wish you could have told us."
"Why Dylan? We want to know how we could have helped you and Eric."
In 2010, there were 8 school shootings in the US.
In 2011, there were 10.
In 2012, there were 14.
In 2013? 28.
If that doesn’t horrify you, then I don’t know what would.
raise your boys so that they understand no means no, raise your boys so they realize that women are people and not either a matron or a whore, raise your boys and punish them when they do something that a girl doesnt like, if your son is pulling pigtails don’t laugh its bullying. its not cute its not adorable, its bullying. raise your goddamn boys so that they treat women like people and not fuck machines they can stick kindness coins into