Columbine, 20 Years Later and Beyond
Lessons from Tragedy
On April 20, 1999, 12 students and one teacher were killed in a highly publicized episode of school violence that started a cultural shift in how society views and responds to mass shootings.
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This powerful retrospective analysis of the aftermath of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting considers society's response to the attack, the long-term implications of the shooting, and the ways in which research and related policy must continue to move forward.
An indispensable resource for anyone interested in learning about the long-term impact of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, Columbine, 20 Years Later and Beyond provides a comprehensive look at how the event unfolded, what has changed since the attack, and how this information can be used to prevent future mass shootings.
Authors Jaclyn Schildkraut and Glenn Muschert, both experts on mass shootings, share their broad understanding of this tragedy and its aftermath. Columbine became the measuring stick against which all other mass shootings would be compared, and this book details with great sensitivity the ensuing changes to school security, law enforcement's response to active shooter situations, threat assessment practices, legislative efforts, and media coverage of unfolding situations. With delicacy and tact, Schildkraut and Muschert help to answer the painful question raised by a stone on the wall of the Columbine Memorial: "What have we learned?".
- Analyzes the broad cultural impact of the Columbine High School shooting
- Reviews changes in police responses that have developed since the day of the attack
- Examines warning signs that pre-dated the attack and how threat assessment has advanced to preclude similar tragedies
- Explores legislative responses in the aftermath and why they were not successful
- Considers the lessons learned in the 20 years after the shooting and how they can be used to prevent future acts of mass violence