Columbine High School May Be Torn Down

Cheryl Sanders
June 9, 2019

In a letter Thursday, Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Jason Glass says the school building has remained "a source of inspiration" for people with a dark interest in the 1999 shooting that killed 12 students and a teacher.

On April 20, 1999, a pair of teenagers walked into their school in the Denver suburbs and began what was, at the time, the deadliest high school shooting in American history.

"Today, school safety experts recommend tearing down buildings where school shootings take place".

Glass said that was just one example of the hundreds of people who are stopped by local law enforcement from entering the school each year.

"Perhaps influenced by the 20th anniversary of the shooting", he wrote, "over the past 11 months the number of people trying to enter the school illegally or otherwise trespassing on school property has been increasing - now to record levels".

Glass said Columbine is one of the safest schools anywhere, but the threats were mounting. "For a small group of others, there is a potential to do harm".


The move came less than two months after Sol Pais, an 18-year-old Florida woman, flew to Colorado in the days before the 20-year anniversary of the Columbine shooting and bought a shotgun, setting off a manhunt before she took her own life. "It is the people that make us a family not the building". A renovation of the current school was approved by voters past year, providing $15 million. Others claim they are in love with the shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who killed themselves inside the school.

Trump continued that unless the potential threats was an anomaly, the "need for a new school and the attack 20 years ago" could be "one convenient selling point for a huge investment in the construction of a new school".

Columbine High School might be getting demolished.

"We are in the very preliminary and exploratory stages of these conversations", Glass writes.

Columbine High School has a gravitational-pull for these sorts of individuals.

The new school would have the same name, same mascot, but would be built in a new location nearby.


Frank DeAngelis, 64, who served as Columbine's principal at the time of the massacre, said Glass had contacted him for his opinion on the proposal.

"We know that Columbine continues to attract people from around the world", John McDonald, the district's executive director for safety and security, said in April.

Devon Adams, another Columbine survivor, said Glass' letter was "an interesting idea, but I'd rather see those funds used to help catch up on the over $1 billion in deferred maintenance on Jeffco schools or to provide better resources, such a social workers and better staff training, to help students with trauma, mental health, and just everyday struggles".

"I think that's the problem of destroying, demolishing the site of tragedy - there's still the event that occurred there that exists on other registers of recollection", Marr says.

"There's a deep sense of pride that comes with Columbine and the "We are Columbine" name, and the whole spirit that comes with the school", Glass said.

The Hope Memorial library, built after the massacre, could be preserved and serve as the "cornerstone" of the new building.


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