Columbine Massacre Anniversary Marked Quietly
The Columbine massacre anniversary passed quietly today, according to USA Today.
“Is the horror of Columbine, which erupted 12 years ago today, slowly moving into the realm of distant history?” asks the article's author, Douglas Stanglin.
On April 20, 1999, two students at Columbine High School in Colorado entered the school library with firearms and killed 13 people, injuring 23 more. Dylan Klebold, 18, and Eric Harris, 17, killed themselves as their final act in the attack.
Today, according to the article, most major Colorado newspapers did not run front-page stories about the anniversary.
At Columbine High, school was closed today while a memorial in nearby Clement Park was open to the public, according to the Denver Post.
Carlsbad Patch, a Colorado online news site, notes that the Columbine shooting shares its anniversary with Adolph Hitler's birthday as well as the “420” counter culture holiday for celebrating the use of cannabis. It asks its readers, "Does 4/20 have any significance to you or do you see it as just another day?"