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Littleton, Colorado / School Shooting / The Lessons #185782

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 20, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Today's shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, introduced. [In live interview, Jefferson County Sheriff John STONE - outlines what happened in the school.]

(Littleton, Colorado: Tom Foreman) The school shooting featured; scenes shown from outside the school of running students, police swat teams and the rescue of a wounded student. [Two STUDENTS, student John VAN DEMARK - describe what happened inside the school.] [Two STUDENTS - say the shooters were members of the "Trenchcoat Mafia," who had pretended to play at war.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The apparent lack of security at the school noted.

(New York: Aaron Brown) The lessons learned from previous school shootings examined; scenes shown from the 1998 Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Springfield, OR, shootings and the 1997 shooting in West Paducah, Kentucky; details given of stepped up security measures. [National Alliance of State Schools Peter BLAUVELT - raises the issue of trust.] The common qualities among the shooters, including Michael Carneal and Kip Kinkel, reviewed. [Psychiatrist Dr. Alan UNIS - explains why these tragedies occur.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statistics on the chances of being killed at school mentioned. Coming vote by the Colorado legislature on a bill allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons noted.

Reporter(s):
Brown, Aaron;
Foreman, Tom;
Jennings, Peter
Duration:
00:07:30

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