Today marks the 17th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School. 12 students and 1 teacher were murdered in the school that day. Another 24 were injured, and the two teenage perpetrators took their own lives.
Although there had been school shootings before Columbine, they had never been broadcast so widely and been a part of the public conscious as they are now.
Law enforcement acknowledge that the Columbine event radically and forevermore changed the way they trained for and responded to active shooter events. In addition to shifting the public conscious on such events and changing the way law enforcement deals with active shooters, the Columbine shooting opened up a national dialogue about bullying and violence in schools.
Take a moment today to remember the children and teachers whose lives were forever changed by this event.