Twenty years ago the Columbine school shooting changed the face and frequency of gun violence in American schools forever (The Washington Post School Shootings Database).
Last month a teenage girl obsessed with Columbine-who may have been planning an attack to mark the anniversary-flew to Denver from Florida, bought a shotgun, and was found dead of self-inflicted wounds after a 24 hour manhunt. Her family provided significant information leading to her capture. She was 18 years old.
Last Tuesday Kendrick Castillo rushed a shooter in his STEM School Highlands Ranch classroom; the move gave other students the chance to tackle the gunman and escape. Kendrick was shot in the chest and died. His father told interviewers he talked with his son about what to do in a school shooting, telling him you don’t have to be a hero. But Kendrick insisted he would act, “You raised me this way. You raised me to be a good person. That’s what I’m doing.” Kendrick would have graduated tomorrow and studied mechanical engineering at Arapahoe Community College. He was a hero. He was 18 years old.
No words are sufficient to describe the agony dealt victims’ families; no explanations sufficient for our country’s limp response. Blaming, politicizing, and marketing to fear wastes time: our children are being slaughtered. But chickens come home to roost: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/secrecy-self-dealing-and-greed-at-the-nra