History UsefulNotes / Columbine

12th Feb '16 4:03:09 PM ThePest179
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
** The Estonian film "Klass" involves two boys being horrifically bullied until they come to school with guns and kill their tormentors.
6th Feb '16 4:36:07 PM TheRedRedKroovy
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
[[folder:Web Original]] * 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. [[/folder]]
22nd Dec '15 4:48:17 PM MrNickelodeon
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
[[folder:Theme Parks]] * ''Ride/MenInBlackAlienAttack'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] was originally going to feature the "Tiffany" cutout from the [[Film/MenInBlack first movie]] in the attraction's opening training scene for riders to shoot at; but after the Columbine events had occurred, it was decided that this would be in extremely poor taste. [[/folder]]
18th Dec '15 2:58:33 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Like A Badass Out Of Hell is being split into new tropes.
According to interviews with the creator, Danny Ledonne, the game was made to explore hyperreality and the treatment of death in video games, and allow people to explore the massacre and the killers' mindsets in a way that only a game can do. The game is set up like an old-school, turn-based RPG, denying the players the visceral thrill of watching teenagers (who are all represented by crude 16-bit sprites) getting brutally gunned down. The consequences of the killers' violence are shown -- the first half ends with photos of their dead bodies, and the entire second half has them, literally, in Hell for their sins (though it's [[BrokenAesop slightly undercut]] by [[AHellOfATime what they wind up]] [[LikeABadassOutOfHell doing in Hell]]).
to:
According to interviews with the creator, Danny Ledonne, the game was made to explore hyperreality and the treatment of death in video games, and allow people to explore the massacre and the killers' mindsets in a way that only a game can do. The game is set up like an old-school, turn-based RPG, denying the players the visceral thrill of watching teenagers (who are all represented by crude 16-bit sprites) getting brutally gunned down. The consequences of the killers' violence are shown -- the first half ends with photos of their dead bodies, and the entire second half has them, literally, in Hell for their sins (though it's [[BrokenAesop slightly undercut]] by [[AHellOfATime what they wind up]] [[LikeABadassOutOfHell up doing in Hell]]).
3rd Nov '15 12:56:52 PM LeeAnn
Is there an issue? Send a Message
* Several ''KingOfTheHill'' episodes which dealt with mental illness, suicide, and death were not rerun on Denver-area Fox affiliates or syndicated on other area channels for some time after the massacre. These included the "Propane Boom" two-part arc about the Mega-Lo-Mart explosion, Hank's ensuing fear of propane, and [[spoiler: Luanne's difficulty grieving for Buckley's death]], "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" about Bill's suicidal depression, "Dog Dale Afternoon" which contains a scene where Dale is [[ItMakesSenseInContext mistaken for a sniper in a college bell tower and Hank is then shot by police but survives since he is wearing a bulletproof vest]].
to:
* Several ''KingOfTheHill'' episodes which dealt with mental illness, suicide, and death were not rerun on Denver-area Fox affiliates or syndicated on other area channels for some time after the massacre. These included the "Propane Boom" two-part arc about the Mega-Lo-Mart explosion, Hank's ensuing fear of propane, and [[spoiler: Luanne's difficulty grieving for Buckley's death]], "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" about Bill's suicidal depression, and "Dog Dale Afternoon" which contains a scene where Dale is [[ItMakesSenseInContext mistaken for a sniper in a college bell tower and Hank is then shot by police but survives since he is wearing a bulletproof vest]].
1st Nov '15 8:38:13 PM CarCrashHeart
Is there an issue? Send a Message
One of the most disturbing trends to happen after the shooting was the DracoInLeatherPants aura that developed around Harris and Klebold, with many students on the bottom of the high school food chain calling them [[HeroicSacrifice heroes and martyrs]] who stood up to the [[JerkJock privileged jocks]] and [[TheBully bullies]] that ruled high schools across the nation. Trenchcoats became [[TheRedStapler a popular fashion accessory]] among such students, with schools responding by banning them under their dress codes. A series of [[FollowTheLeader copycat shootings]] took place, carried out mostly by people who wanted to get revenge on their classmates and, like Harris and Klebold, leave their mark on the world. Even a decade and a half later, a quick search will find a surprisingly large number of tribute sites and videos for "Reb and [=VoDKa=]". However, the vast majority of these sites condemn the shooting but express the sentiment that Klebold and to a lesser extent Harris were kind, intelligent boys before suffering mental illness and, in Klebold's case, falling in with perhaps the worst influence there could be, and that people should see this side of them as well. You know, with a healthy bit of Rule34, too.
to:
One of the most disturbing trends to happen after the shooting was the DracoInLeatherPants aura that developed around Harris and Klebold, with many students on the bottom of the high school food chain calling them [[HeroicSacrifice heroes and martyrs]] who stood up to the [[JerkJock privileged jocks]] and [[TheBully bullies]] that ruled high schools across the nation. Trenchcoats became [[TheRedStapler a popular fashion accessory]] among such students, with schools responding by banning them under their dress codes. A series of [[FollowTheLeader copycat shootings]] took place, carried out mostly by people who wanted to get revenge on their classmates and, like Harris and Klebold, leave their mark on the world. Even a decade and a half later, a quick search will find a surprisingly large number of tribute sites and videos for "Reb and [=VoDKa=]". However, the The vast majority of these sites condemn the shooting but express the sentiment that Klebold and to a lesser extent Harris were kind, intelligent boys before suffering mental illness and, in Klebold's case, falling in with perhaps the worst influence there could be, and that people should see this side of them as well. You know, with a healthy bit of Rule34, [[TheInternetIsForPorn Rule 34]], too.

* The ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' episode "Jimmy" had a bullied student shooting at a group of football players. It was one of several {{very special episode}}s on the show, and ended with a public service announcement about gun safety. * 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). ** 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. * The theatrical poster for ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' had Cale Tucker running around shooting a laser gun, followed by love interest Akima. Unfortunately, this was released on film during the fallout of the Columbine High School massacre and movie companies were coming under heavy criticism for violence in films; as a result, the writers had Cale make the same running pose, but this time showing Akima the map with his hand outstretched toward it in place of the gun for the VHS and DVD box art.

** "Colorado: More than Columbine and Kobe" is seen on a road sign in one episode.
to:
** "Colorado: More than Columbine Kobe and Kobe" Columbine" is seen on a road sign in one episode.episode. * Several ''KingOfTheHill'' episodes which dealt with mental illness, suicide, and death were not rerun on Denver-area Fox affiliates or syndicated on other area channels for some time after the massacre. These included the "Propane Boom" two-part arc about the Mega-Lo-Mart explosion, Hank's ensuing fear of propane, and [[spoiler: Luanne's difficulty grieving for Buckley's death]], "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" about Bill's suicidal depression, "Dog Dale Afternoon" which contains a scene where Dale is [[ItMakesSenseInContext mistaken for a sniper in a college bell tower and Hank is then shot by police but survives since he is wearing a bulletproof vest]]. **Additionally, "Revenge of the Lutefisk," which is about the church accidentally being burned down, was scheduled to air the day of the massacre but was pre-empted in Denver anyway because of continuing news coverage about it. It was not shown or rerun for a long time there either. * The ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' episode "Jimmy" had a bullied student shooting at a group of football players. It was one of several {{very special episode}}s on the show, and ended with a public service announcement about gun safety. * 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). ** 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. * The theatrical poster for ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' had Cale Tucker running around shooting a laser gun, followed by love interest Akima. Unfortunately, this was released on film during the fallout of the Columbine High School massacre and movie companies were coming under heavy criticism for violence in films; as a result, the writers had Cale make the same running pose, but this time showing Akima the map with his hand outstretched toward it in place of the gun for the VHS and DVD box art.
28th Oct '15 1:40:59 PM CarCrashHeart
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
* ''No Easy Answers'' by survivor Brooks Brown details his lifelong friendship with shooter Dylan Klebold and friendship with victim Rachel Scott, as well as the aftermath of the shooting including attending Rachel's funeral and being treated like a suspect himself for his friendship with the two shooters.
28th Oct '15 12:20:52 PM CarCrashHeart
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Harris and Klebold were victims of bullying, including homophobic remarks, but as it turns out, they gave as good as they got -- they often wrote in their diaries about how they themselves had bullied underclassmen and "fags" (ironic as Klebold identified as [[BiTheWay bisexual]] online, although he remained closeted to friends and family until he died). In early reports, they were said to be members of the "Trenchcoat Mafia," a clique of gamers and self-styled outcasts who all wore trenchcoats. In reality, they were only friends with one member of the group, and most of the group's members had graduated by the time of the massacre. The killers weren't quite the {{loners|AreFreaks}} that early reports described them as; they had a number of friends (firneds who were unpopular, but friends nonetheless) and three days before the massacre Klebold had taken his female friend Robyn Anderson to the prom. They were avid gamers, particularly of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' (which Harris had even made [[GameMod mods]] for), and used the names "Reb" and "[=VoDKa=]" (the former was Harris, the latter was Klebold) as both their online handles and their nicknames.
to:
Harris and Klebold were victims of bullying, including homophobic remarks, but as it turns out, they gave as good as they got -- they often wrote in their diaries about how they themselves had bullied underclassmen and "fags" (ironic as Klebold identified as [[BiTheWay bisexual]] online, although he [[ButNotTooBi remained closeted to friends and family closeted]] in real life until he died). In early reports, they were said to be members of the "Trenchcoat Mafia," a clique of gamers and self-styled outcasts who all wore trenchcoats. In reality, they were only friends with one member of the group, and most of the group's members had graduated by the time of the massacre. The killers weren't quite the {{loners|AreFreaks}} that early reports described them as; they had a number of friends (firneds (friends who were unpopular, but friends nonetheless) and three days before the massacre Klebold had taken his female friend Robyn Anderson to the prom. They were avid gamers, particularly of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' (which Harris had even made [[GameMod mods]] for), and used the names "Reb" and "[=VoDKa=]" (the former was Harris, the latter was Klebold) as both their online handles and their nicknames.

In particular, the {{goth}} subculture suffered a huge backlash as a result of the shooting, with their outcast status and "dark" persona earning them the suspicion of many. There was no indication that either Klebold or Harris embraced the goth subculture, preferring a more militaristic vibe in their personal style. (Also, goths as a rule tend to be passive and pacifistic, the old stereotype being that they are violent towards [[SelfHarm themselves]] rather than others.) Still, schools modified their dress codes to ban trenchcoats and restrict the amount of black clothing a student can wear.
to:
In particular, the {{goth}} subculture suffered a huge backlash as a result of the shooting, with their outcast status and "dark" persona earning them the suspicion of many. There was no indication that either Klebold or Harris embraced the goth subculture, preferring a more militaristic vibe in their personal style. (Also, goths as a rule tend to be passive and pacifistic, the old stereotype being that they are violent towards [[SelfHarm themselves]] rather than others.) Still, some schools modified their dress codes to ban trenchcoats and band merchandise and restrict the amount of black clothing a student can wear.

* Andrew Solomon's non-fiction book "Far from the tree: parents, children, and the search for identity" profiles Dylan Klebold's parents and how they dealt with the aftermath of their son murdering thirteen people and then killing himself.
to:
* Andrew Solomon's non-fiction book "Far from the tree: parents, children, and the search for identity" profiles Dylan Klebold's parents and how they dealt with the aftermath of their son murdering thirteen five people and then killing himself.himself. * Susan Klebold, Dylan's mother, wrote a [[https://web.archive.org/web/20151028191540/http://www.oprah.com/world/Susan-Klebolds-O-Magazine-Essay-I-Will-Never-Know-Why moving essay]] for Oprah Magazine in 2009 and has written a book about her experiences due to be published in 2016.
28th Oct '15 11:38:40 AM CarCrashHeart
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Harris and Klebold DID face some particularly nasty bullying, including having tampons dipped in ketchup thrown at them.
With so many claims about them coming from every direction, what ''is'' known about the killers and their motivations deserves to be discussed. This is a far easier task than with most spree killers, as Harris and Klebold left behind a treasure trove of home videos, diaries, and more detailing their thought processes, attitudes, and plans for the massacre. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this mountain of information is also largely responsible for the mystique that has built up around the two and their crimes, especially in comparison to massacres with higher body counts; psychologists, cultural critics, and the killers' MisaimedFandom have spent years examining and picking apart Harris and Klebold's personal artifacts.
to:
With so many claims about them coming from every direction, what ''is'' known about the killers and their motivations deserves to be discussed. This is a far easier task than with most spree killers, as Harris and Klebold left behind a treasure trove of home videos, diaries, and more detailing their thought processes, attitudes, and plans for the massacre. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this mountain of information is also largely responsible for the mystique that has built up around the two and their crimes, especially in comparison to massacres with higher body counts; psychologists, cultural critics, and the killers' MisaimedFandom fandom have spent years examining and picking apart Harris and Klebold's personal artifacts.

Harris and Klebold were victims of bullying, including homophobic remarks, but as it turns out, they gave as good as they got -- they often wrote in their diaries about how they themselves had bullied underclassmen and "fags." In early reports, they were said to be members of the "Trenchcoat Mafia," a clique of gamers and self-styled outcasts who all wore trenchcoats. In reality, they were only friends with one member of the group, and most of them had graduated by the time of the massacre. The killers weren't the {{loners|AreFreaks}} that early reports described them as -- they had a number of friends, and three days before the massacre, Klebold had taken his female friend Robyn Anderson to the prom. They were avid gamers, particularly of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' (which Harris had even made [[GameMod mods]] for), and used the names "Reb" and "[=VoDKa=]" (the former was Harris, the latter was Klebold) as both their online handles and their nicknames.
to:
Harris and Klebold were victims of bullying, including homophobic remarks, but as it turns out, they gave as good as they got -- they often wrote in their diaries about how they themselves had bullied underclassmen and "fags." "fags" (ironic as Klebold identified as [[BiTheWay bisexual]] online, although he remained closeted to friends and family until he died). In early reports, they were said to be members of the "Trenchcoat Mafia," a clique of gamers and self-styled outcasts who all wore trenchcoats. In reality, they were only friends with one member of the group, and most of them the group's members had graduated by the time of the massacre. The killers weren't quite the {{loners|AreFreaks}} that early reports described them as -- as; they had a number of friends, friends (firneds who were unpopular, but friends nonetheless) and three days before the massacre, massacre Klebold had taken his female friend Robyn Anderson to the prom. They were avid gamers, particularly of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' (which Harris had even made [[GameMod mods]] for), and used the names "Reb" and "[=VoDKa=]" (the former was Harris, the latter was Klebold) as both their online handles and their nicknames.

One of the most popular targets of social backlash was [[TheNewRockAndRoll shock rock, metal and other "Satanic," "unhealthy" or "violent" music]], with Music/MarilynManson acting as a main lightning rod. In reality, Harris and Klebold viewed Manson as a sellout and a poser, but this didn't stop people from claiming that their music had somehow influenced the two to shoot up their school. Ultimately, this became a case of NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity for Manson, as the massacre greatly increased their pop culture profile; their front man's interview with Michael Moore about the shooting (quoted above) may have been his SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome. Some alleged that the killers were either [[ThoseWackyNazis neo-Nazis]], or had a fascination with UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany his regime]]. Supporters of this theory point to the fact that the attack had taken place on April 20, Hitler's birthday, and the fact that the killers were fans of Music/{{Rammstein}} and Music/{{KMFDM}}, two bands often hit with accusations of being MusicToInvadePolandTo. Robyn Anderson, a friend of Klebold's, denies that the killers were Nazis, although she claims that there was a lot that she didn't know about them. It is worth noting here that Dylan Klebold's mother was Jewish (although he was raised Lutheran), and that, as noted above, it is likely that the attack had been planned for April 19. Most likely, the killers found the Nazi regime's [[TheSocialDarwinist social Darwinism]] and policy of genocide and extermination philosophically appealing, but viewed their enemy as [[MisanthropeSupreme all of humanity]] rather than any specific ethnic group. Eric Harris, in particular, had a distinct tendency for PuttingOnTheReich with Nazi salutes and quotations, if apparently mainly for shock value.
to:
One of the most popular targets of social backlash was [[TheNewRockAndRoll shock rock, metal and other "Satanic," "unhealthy" or "violent" music]], with Music/MarilynManson acting as a main lightning rod. In reality, Harris and Klebold viewed Manson as a sellout and a poser, poser and Klebold was a casual fan at best (according to his mother, he had a Marilyn Manson poster in his room but when asked about it said he paid more attention to the music than the words), but this didn't stop people from claiming that their music had somehow influenced the two to shoot up their school. Ultimately, this This ultimately became a case of NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity for Manson, as the massacre greatly increased their pop culture profile; their front man's interview with Michael Moore about the shooting (quoted above) may have been his SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome. Some alleged that the killers were either [[ThoseWackyNazis neo-Nazis]], or had a fascination with UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany his regime]]. Supporters of this theory point to the fact that the attack had taken place on April 20, Hitler's birthday, and the fact that the killers were fans of Music/{{Rammstein}} and Music/{{KMFDM}}, two bands often hit with accusations of being MusicToInvadePolandTo. Robyn Anderson, a friend Anderson and Devon Adams, two close friends of Klebold's, denies vehemently denied that either of the killers boys were Nazis, although she claims that there was a lot that she didn't know about them. neo-Nazis. It is worth noting here that Dylan Klebold's mother was Jewish (although he was raised Lutheran), Lutheran) and that, as noted above, it is likely that videotapes recorded by both boys before the attack had been massacre referred to it being planned for April 19. a following Monday, not Tuesday. Most likely, the killers found the Nazi regime's [[TheSocialDarwinist social Darwinism]] and policy of genocide and extermination philosophically appealing, appealing but viewed their enemy as [[MisanthropeSupreme all of humanity]] rather than any specific ethnic group. Eric Harris, in particular, had a distinct tendency for PuttingOnTheReich with Nazi salutes and quotations, if apparently mainly for shock value.

There were also allegations of [[AdultsAreUseless neglectful parenting]] thrown at the killers' parents, as people claimed that, had they been paying any attention to their kids, they could have stepped in and stopped it. In the so-called "Basement Tapes" recorded before the killing, Harris and Klebold absolved their parents of responsibility, and joked at how adept they were at fooling them. At the very least, they wanted their deed to be perceived as all their own. Finally, one of the most popular culprits for the shootings was [[SocietyIsToBlame society in general]]. For the first time, there was genuine examination and criticism of the [[PopularityFoodChain social hierarchy]] of high school, particularly the high status that athletes enjoy in it. Schools began to crack down on bullying within their halls, and most people who were of school age soon after Columbine will most likely recall all of the assemblies calling for tolerance and respect for fellow classmates. The fact that we still have the PopularityFoodChain shows that such efforts ultimately proved futile, as 1999 became ancient history for a new generation of high school students who were only in elementary school when the shooting took place it took [[HereWeGoAgain another cycle]] of bullying-related suicides a decade later before people started asking these questions again. (Ironically, though bullying ''has'' been a factor in other school shootings, Harris and Klebold had not particularly been victims of bullying, as noted above.)
to:
There were also allegations of [[AdultsAreUseless neglectful parenting]] thrown at the killers' parents, as people claimed that, had they been paying any attention to their kids, they could have stepped in and stopped it. In the so-called "Basement Tapes" recorded before the killing, killing Harris and Klebold absolved their parents of responsibility, responsibility and joked at how adept they were at fooling them.them; this is especially true for Klebold, since all the weaponry and tools for the massacre were stored at Harris's house. At the very least, they wanted their deed to be perceived as all their own. Finally, one of the most popular culprits for the shootings was [[SocietyIsToBlame society in general]]. For the first time, there was genuine examination and criticism of the [[PopularityFoodChain social hierarchy]] of high school, particularly the high status that athletes enjoy in it. Schools began to crack down on bullying within their halls, and most people who were of school age soon after Columbine will most likely recall all of the assemblies calling for tolerance and respect for fellow classmates. The fact that we still have the PopularityFoodChain shows that such efforts ultimately proved futile, as 1999 became ancient history for a new generation of high school students who were only in elementary school when the shooting took place it took [[HereWeGoAgain another cycle]] of bullying-related suicides a decade later before people started asking these questions again. (Ironically, though bullying ''has'' been a factor in other school shootings, Harris and Klebold had not particularly been victims of bullying, as noted above.) again.
24th Oct '15 7:19:54 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message
* Being released just ten days after the massacre is often cited as the reason why the [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror horror-comedy]] ''Idle Hands'' flopped at the box office. Its plot involves a boy's hand being [[DemonicPossession possessed by a demon]], causing him to kill his parents and his best friends, and the climax involves the hand going on a bloodthirsty rampage at the HighSchoolDance.
to:
* Being released just ten days after the massacre is often cited as the reason why the [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror horror-comedy]] ''Idle Hands'' ''Film/IdleHands'' flopped at the box office. Its plot involves a boy's hand being [[DemonicPossession possessed by a demon]], causing him to kill his parents and his best friends, and the climax involves the hand going on a bloodthirsty rampage at the HighSchoolDance.
This list shows the last 10 events of 189. Show all.