History UsefulNotes / Columbine

19th Mar '17 9:11:10 AM nombretomado
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* One of the things that first put {{Newgrounds}} on the map was site creator Tom Fulp's Columbine parody game ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/310349 Pico's School]]''. The setup : a bunch of goth/punk/neo-nazis kids went postal and turned the school into a battlefield. It's up to VideoGame/{{Pico}} to save the day by mowing down anything that moves (including InnocentBystanders if you want) and killing the leader of the goths [[spoiler: who is an alien in disguise]] by ''[[GroinAttack shooting her in the baby factory with an assault rifle]]''. TheStinger reveals that the school opened again [[spoiler: and the goths are replaced by gangster kids.]]

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* One of the things that first put {{Newgrounds}} {{Website/Newgrounds}} on the map was site creator Tom Fulp's Columbine parody game ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/310349 Pico's School]]''. The setup : a bunch of goth/punk/neo-nazis kids went postal and turned the school into a battlefield. It's up to VideoGame/{{Pico}} to save the day by mowing down anything that moves (including InnocentBystanders if you want) and killing the leader of the goths [[spoiler: who is an alien in disguise]] by ''[[GroinAttack shooting her in the baby factory with an assault rifle]]''. TheStinger reveals that the school opened again [[spoiler: and the goths are replaced by gangster kids.]]
16th Mar '17 2:26:01 PM kquinn0830
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* In one of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' DVD commentaries, Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone say that despite paving the way for many things to be acceptable on television today that were not in the '90s (such as certain swear words, AIDS, and homosexual characters), due to the Columbine shooting, it was no longer acceptable for them to depict the boys with guns as the subject was no longer considered funny - especially given that Matt Stone not only lived in Littleton, but loosely based the town of South Park off of the area.

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* In one of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' DVD commentaries, Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone say that despite paving the way for many things to be acceptable on television today that were not in the '90s (such as certain swear words, AIDS, and homosexual characters), due to the Columbine shooting, it was no longer acceptable for them to depict the boys with guns as the subject was no longer considered funny - especially given that Matt Stone not only lived in Littleton, but loosely based the town of South Park off of the area. Years later, they began doing it again.
15th Feb '17 2:56:28 PM ThePest179
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** His first novel, ''Literature/{{Rage}}'', was about a SchoolShooting. King pulled it from circulation after this incident and several others like it occurred.

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** His first novel, ''Literature/{{Rage}}'', was about a SchoolShooting. School Shooting. King pulled it from circulation after this incident and several others like it occurred.occurred.
* The ''Literature/AnarchistCookbook'' was one of Eric Harris's favorite books, and based the bombs he and Dylan used (or rather, [[WheresTheKaboom tried to use]]) in the massacre on instructions written in the book.
26th Jan '17 7:25:49 PM ThePest179
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* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Painless" revolves around the anniversary of a school shooting, with the Unsub targeting the survivors. Their motivation turns out to be that [[spoiler:they were a fellow survivor that got ignored by the media in favor of more 'photogenic' students, one of which stole his story of standing up to the gunman. The other 'top ten' survivors were aware of this (in a sense- they couldn't remember who ''did'' stand up to the gunman, but knew their story was fake), but refused to clear up the truth]]. The original gunman [[AGodAmI thought he was God]] and was killing people ForTheEvulz before blowing himself up [[spoiler: and the second killer's other grievance is that said-explosion cost him his ability to feel pain (hence the title)- he suffered more than the other survivors and was braver than them, but they stole all the credit and attention.]]
20th Jan '17 1:50:41 PM HighCrate
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Perhaps the most important effect of the massacre was the way that it would shape American popular culture for years to come. The most noticeable and immediate change was a trend of [[MediaWatchdog stiffer censorship]] against violence in movies and TV shows that lasted into the early TurnOfTheMillennium. The teen {{horror}} genre, popularized by the likes of ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', began to [[DeaderThanDisco die out]] as depictions of young people being brutally murdered suddenly became [[TooSoon very unsettling]] for both the MoralGuardians and for their target audience. After a period of TooSoon, school shootings became [[AxesAtSchool popular subject matter]] for RippedFromTheHeadlines programs, the canonical example being the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "School Daze" (one of the first to be advertised with such a slogan). It can be argued that the Columbine massacre marked the beginning of the end for the viewpoints and culture of TheNineties (much like how [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels the Altamont disaster]] is said to have killed TheSixties), and that the time between April 20, 1999 and [[TheWarOnTerror September 11, 2001]] was [[EndOfAnEra a time of transition]] between TheNineties and the TurnOfTheMillennium.

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Perhaps the most important effect of the massacre was the way that it would shape American popular culture for years to come. The most noticeable and immediate change was a trend of [[MediaWatchdog stiffer censorship]] against violence in movies and TV shows that lasted into the early TurnOfTheMillennium. The teen {{horror}} genre, popularized by the likes of ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', began to [[DeaderThanDisco die out]] out as depictions of young people being brutally murdered suddenly became [[TooSoon very unsettling]] for both the MoralGuardians and for their target audience. After a period of TooSoon, school shootings became [[AxesAtSchool popular subject matter]] for RippedFromTheHeadlines programs, the canonical example being the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "School Daze" (one of the first to be advertised with such a slogan). It can be argued that the Columbine massacre marked the beginning of the end for the viewpoints and culture of TheNineties (much like how [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels the Altamont disaster]] is said to have killed TheSixties), and that the time between April 20, 1999 and [[TheWarOnTerror September 11, 2001]] was [[EndOfAnEra a time of transition]] between TheNineties and the TurnOfTheMillennium.
30th Dec '16 8:13:59 PM RampinUp46
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* In one of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' DVD commentaries, Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone say that, although they'd paved the way for many things to be acceptable on television today that were not in the '90s (such as certain swear words, AIDS, and homosexual characters), due to the Columbine shooting it was no longer acceptable for them to depict the boys with guns, as the subject was no longer considered funny (especially given that the two of them come from Colorado).

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* In one of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' DVD commentaries, Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone say that, although they'd paved that despite paving the way for many things to be acceptable on television today that were not in the '90s (such as certain swear words, AIDS, and homosexual characters), due to the Columbine shooting shooting, it was no longer acceptable for them to depict the boys with guns, guns as the subject was no longer considered funny (especially - especially given that Matt Stone not only lived in Littleton, but loosely based the two town of them come from Colorado).South Park off of the area.
26th Dec '16 9:10:50 PM CL
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* Parallels are drawn between Columbine and the school massacre that Freddy is responsible for in ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Dreamspawn]]''. The massacre was blamed on the (now insane) protagonist and her dead friends, because they were [[LonersAreFreaks outcasts]]. Its handled ''really'' {{Anvilicious}}ly.

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* Parallels are drawn between Columbine and the school massacre that Freddy is responsible for in ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Dreamspawn]]''. The massacre was blamed on the (now insane) protagonist and her dead friends, because they were [[LonersAreFreaks outcasts]]. Its It's handled ''really'' {{Anvilicious}}ly.



* The ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode Bait, starts off with a boy bringing a bomb into his classroom and holding the other kids hostage. [[spoiler:He's also a hostage. The bomb's controlled by members of organized crime.]]



* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Painless" revolves around the anniversary of a school shooting, with the Unsub targeting the survivors. Their motivation turns out to be that [[spoiler:they were a fellow survivor that got ignored by the media in favor of more 'photogenic' students, one of which stole his story of standing up to the gunman. The other 'top ten' survivors were aware of this (in a sense- they couldn't remember who ''did'' stand up to the gunman, but knew their story was fake), but refused to clear up the truth]]. The original gunman [[AGodAmI thought he was God]] and was killing people ForTheEvulz before blowing himself up [[spoiler: and the second killer's other grievance is that said-explosion cost him his ability to feel pain (hence the title)- he suffered more than the other survivors and was braver than them, but they stole all the credit and attention.]]
** Earlier episodes featured a disgruntled and bullied student going on a killing spree, though in this case throughout his small town rather than at his school. A first season ends with a guy setting his school on fire, and another featured an action climax as a cult broke into an elementary school to try and massacre all the kids inside, but found the Feds waiting for them instead.



* ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/108065-Inside-the-Sick-Mind-of-a-School-Shooter-Mod School Shooter: North American Tour 2012.]]''



** Though not a direct reference to the incident, "The Cissy" cleverly uses the idea of a school massacre without making light of them to set up the main joke of the episode.
13th Dec '16 6:55:40 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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** However, there is an even deadlier shooting two years later which winds up having a similar impact as our world's Columbine massacre. [[spoiler:On February 14, 2001, Christian Weston Chandler -- yes, [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} Chris-chan]] -- shoots up his high school in Midlothian, Virginia, killing eighteen classmates (fourteen of them female) and three faculty members, one of whom was Creator/ShondaRhimes (her Hollywood career fizzled out in this world and [[RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman she became an English teacher]]). A similar backlash against video game violence erupts when it is learned that Chandler was a huge fan of games like ''Arbiter of Sin 2'', an [[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 ultraviolent]] FirstPersonShooter about a soldier turned minion of {{Satan}} fighting the forces of Heaven that seemed like [[RatedMForMoney it was designed to cause outrage]], with the infamous Florida attorney Jack Thompson suing Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/{{Sega}} along with eight of the victims' families. On an even more depressing note, just as our world's Columbine massacre led to the widespread distrust of {{goth}}s and [[LonersAreFreaks other teen outcasts]], the "Valentine's Day Massacre", as it comes to be known, leads to the stigmatization of people on the autism spectrum after early reports (later determined to be untrue) claim that Chandler was autistic. Related to this, anti-vaccination activists blame vaccines for the massacre, claiming that they were responsible for turning Chandler into a murderous psychopath.]]

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** However, there is an even deadlier shooting two years later which winds up having a similar impact as our world's Columbine massacre. [[spoiler:On On February 14, 2001, Christian [[spoiler:Christian Weston Chandler -- yes, [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} Chris-chan]] -- shoots up his high school in Midlothian, Virginia, killing eighteen classmates (fourteen of them female) and three faculty members, one of whom was Creator/ShondaRhimes (her Hollywood career fizzled out in this world and [[RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman she became an English teacher]]). teacher]]).]] A similar backlash against video game violence erupts when it is learned that Chandler [[spoiler:Chandler]] was a huge fan of games like ''Arbiter of Sin 2'', an [[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 ultraviolent]] FirstPersonShooter about a soldier turned minion of {{Satan}} fighting the forces of Heaven that seemed like [[RatedMForMoney seemed like it was designed to cause outrage]], with the infamous Florida attorney Jack Thompson Thompson, joined by eight of the victims' families, suing Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/{{Sega}} along with eight of the victims' families. Creator/{{Sega}}. On an even more depressing note, just as our world's Columbine massacre led to the widespread distrust of {{goth}}s and [[LonersAreFreaks other teen outcasts]], the "Valentine's Day Massacre", as it comes to be known, leads to the stigmatization of people on the autism spectrum after early reports (later determined to be untrue) claim that Chandler [[spoiler:Chandler]] was autistic. Related The phrase "sperging out" enters the lexicon to this, describe going on a mass murder spree, similar to GoingPostal, while anti-vaccination activists blame vaccines for the massacre, claiming that they were responsible for turning Chandler [[spoiler:Chandler]] into a murderous psychopath.]]
13th Dec '16 2:31:34 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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Although school shootings are a relatively, some would say distressingly, common occurrence in the US (there had been one almost every year [[OlderThanTheyThink since 1966]])[[note]]Although, in a grim irony, the worst-ever US school massacre remains [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_disaster the bombing of an elementary school]] in Bath Township, Michigan, which happened in 1927.[[/note]], this one quickly entered the halls of infamy for its then-unprecedented scale. Future school shootings, even those with far greater body counts (such as the Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary shootings), would find themselves in Columbine's shadow. The {{irony}} of all this media attention is that this is [[ThanatosGambit exactly what Harris and Klebold wanted to happen]] -- they desired to see their names burned into the history books. Almost immediately, a whole number of [[UrbanLegends apocryphal events]] began finding their way into the PopularHistory version of the shooting, MoralGuardians of all stripes used Columbine as an excuse to rant about whatever it was they felt was evil (or whatever would get them [[MoneyDearBoy the best book deals]]), everybody was searching for answers, and American high schools came under the thrall of a number of Columbine-related concepts, some of which had never happened. The word "columbine," once the name of the state flower of Colorado, entered the vernacular as a euphemism for a school shooting, and many future school shooting plots made reference to "pulling a columbine" and a desire to "top" Harris and Klebold. Police forces, having witnessed firsthand how ineffective traditional police tactics were against spree killers who [[KillEmAll weren't interested in taking hostages]], saw themselves developing new ways to respond to such threats.

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Although school shootings are a relatively, some would say distressingly, common occurrence in the US (there had been one almost every year [[OlderThanTheyThink since 1966]])[[note]]Although, in a grim irony, the worst-ever US school massacre remains [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_disaster the bombing of an elementary school]] in Bath Township, Michigan, which happened in 1927.[[/note]], this one quickly entered the halls of infamy for its then-unprecedented scale.scale and for it being the first major shooting spree to happen in the age of {{cell phone}}s and [[TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks the 24-hour news cycle]], with the massacre covered on national news as it was happening in a way that previous ones never were. Future school shootings, even those with far greater body counts (such as the Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary shootings), would find themselves in Columbine's shadow. The {{irony}} of all this media attention is that this is [[ThanatosGambit exactly what Harris and Klebold wanted to happen]] -- they desired to see their names burned into the history books. books.

Almost immediately, a whole number of [[UrbanLegends apocryphal events]] began finding their way into the PopularHistory version of the shooting, MoralGuardians of all stripes used Columbine as an excuse to rant about whatever it was they felt was evil (or whatever would get them [[MoneyDearBoy the best book deals]]), everybody was searching for answers, and American high schools came under the thrall of a number of Columbine-related concepts, some of which had never happened. The word "columbine," once the name of the state flower of Colorado, entered the vernacular as a euphemism for a school shooting, and many future school shooting plots made reference to "pulling a columbine" and a desire to "top" Harris and Klebold. Police forces, having witnessed firsthand how ineffective traditional police tactics were against spree killers who [[KillEmAll weren't interested in taking hostages]], saw themselves developing new ways to respond to such threats.
13th Dec '16 1:52:42 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* In the AlternateHistory story ''Literature/PlayerTwoStart'', one of the butterflies is that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Polly_Klaas Polly Klaas]] is never murdered, and instead winds up becoming [[BeenThereShapedHistory a Forrest Gump-esque figure]] in the story. Her family moves to Littleton, Colorado in the late '90s, and she enrolls in Columbine High School and interacts with Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Her presence in the school has a profound impact on the shooting; Klebold drifts away from Harris and refuses to assist in his plot, and ultimately, Harris attempts to do it alone. The massacre winds up a fizzle, with Harris only killing two people: Polly's best friend Caitlyn, and [[DrivenToSuicide himself]]. Afterwards, a video game called ''The Darkest Night''[[note]]A witchcraft-themed, high school-set RPG for the Ultra Nintendo (TTL's version of the UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}) with similarities to ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''[[/note]] winds up having a ton of emotional resonance for Polly given the similarities between its plot twists and her own experience of losing her friend, leading her to become a researcher of video games in adulthood.

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* In the AlternateHistory story ''Literature/PlayerTwoStart'', one of the butterflies is that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Polly_Klaas Polly Klaas]] is never murdered, and instead winds up becoming [[BeenThereShapedHistory a Forrest Gump-esque figure]] in the story. Her family moves to Littleton, Colorado in the late '90s, and she enrolls in Columbine High School and interacts with Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Her presence in the school has a profound impact on the shooting; Klebold drifts away from Harris and refuses to assist in his plot, and ultimately, Harris attempts to do go it alone. The massacre winds up a fizzle, with Harris only killing two people: Polly's best friend Caitlyn, and [[DrivenToSuicide himself]]. Afterwards, a video game called ''The Darkest Night''[[note]]A witchcraft-themed, high school-set RPG for the Ultra Nintendo (TTL's version of the UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}) with similarities to ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''[[/note]] winds up having a ton of emotional resonance for Polly given the similarities between its plot twists and her own experience of losing her friend, leading her to become a researcher of video games at Stanford in adulthood.adulthood.
** However, there is an even deadlier shooting two years later which winds up having a similar impact as our world's Columbine massacre. [[spoiler:On February 14, 2001, Christian Weston Chandler -- yes, [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} Chris-chan]] -- shoots up his high school in Midlothian, Virginia, killing eighteen classmates (fourteen of them female) and three faculty members, one of whom was Creator/ShondaRhimes (her Hollywood career fizzled out in this world and [[RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman she became an English teacher]]). A similar backlash against video game violence erupts when it is learned that Chandler was a huge fan of games like ''Arbiter of Sin 2'', an [[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 ultraviolent]] FirstPersonShooter about a soldier turned minion of {{Satan}} fighting the forces of Heaven that seemed like [[RatedMForMoney it was designed to cause outrage]], with the infamous Florida attorney Jack Thompson suing Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/{{Sega}} along with eight of the victims' families. On an even more depressing note, just as our world's Columbine massacre led to the widespread distrust of {{goth}}s and [[LonersAreFreaks other teen outcasts]], the "Valentine's Day Massacre", as it comes to be known, leads to the stigmatization of people on the autism spectrum after early reports (later determined to be untrue) claim that Chandler was autistic. Related to this, anti-vaccination activists blame vaccines for the massacre, claiming that they were responsible for turning Chandler into a murderous psychopath.]]
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