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Why Columbine Killer's Mom Prayed for His Death

Mother of Dylan Klebold publishes book

(Newser) - When Sue Klebold learned that her son, Dylan, was involved in the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999, she prayed not for his safety, but for his death—"the greatest mercy" she could imagine. That prayer was answered when Dylan, along with fellow shooter Eric Harris, committed... More »

Columbine Killer's Mom Gives First TV Interview

'I felt that I was a good mom': Sue Klebold on son Dylan

(Newser) - It's been 17 years since the Columbine massacre, and on Friday night's 20/20, ABC will air the first TV interview with the mom of killer Dylan Klebold. In her sit-down with Diane Sawyer, Sue Klebold reveals her feelings about the 1999 Colorado school attack in which her son,... More »

2 Students Arrested for Columbine Costumes

They were charged with felony, could be expelled

(Newser) - A bad-enough costume can ruin your life, not just your Halloween, two high school students in Connecticut have discovered. The teenagers were arrested and sent to a juvenile detention center this week after authorities found out they had gone out for Halloween dressed as the Columbine school shooters and allegedly... More »

Nevada School Shooter, 12, Left Dueling Suicide Notes

No charges to be filed in Nevada shooting

(Newser) - The 12-year-old boy who killed a teacher and wounded two students before taking his own life in a school shooting last fall left two contradictory suicide notes, authorities say. The police chief in Sparks, Nevada, said 7th-grader Jose Reyes left one note directed at teachers and students where he "... More »

Cops: Teen Plotted Massacre in 3 Stages

They think he would have gone through with it if not for a suspicious neighbor

(Newser) - The Minnesota teenager accused this week of planning a school massacre didn't just make a few offhand remarks. He laid out his plan in methodical detail in a notebook he kept locked inside his guitar case, and police are convinced that John David LaDue was poised to strike within... More »

Cops: Teen 'Fully Prepared' to Kill Family, Bomb School

Minnesota's John David LaDue planned Columbine-style massacre

(Newser) - A 17-year-old boy described as a "good kid" by school officials had been secretly planning for almost a year to make his high school the next Columbine or Sandy Hook, authorities say. Police say John David LaDue plotted to kill his family before setting off pressure-cooker bombs in Waseca... More »

DC Mall Shooter Obsessed by Columbine

He timed his shooting to start at the same minute

(Newser) - Police trying to figure out why a Maryland teenager opened fire in a mall earlier this year revealed an awful clue today about his motive: Darion Marcus Aguilar waited until precisely 11:14am to begin shooting, the same time that the Columbine massacre started, reports the Washington Post . It turns... More »

Teen Who Plotted School Bombing Runs for Mayor

Joshua Hoggan says he's human, 'like the rest of us'

(Newser) - Is it time to forgive and forget? An 18-year-old running for mayor in Utah sure hopes so, the AP reports. Joshua Hoggan served six months in juvenile detention for planning to blow up his school just two years ago, but assures voters in Roy, Utah, that he's a changed... More »

Classmates: Oregon Teen Talked About Bomb-Making

Acord to be charged as adult over Columbine-style plot

(Newser) - Classmates of an Oregon teenager accused of planning to blow up his high school say the 17-year-old discussed bomb-making in the weeks before his arrest, but did not speak of a plot to inflict damage. One classmate says Grant Acord discussed bomb-making materials with him in class a couple of... More »

Oregon Kid Plotted Columbine-Style Hit: Cops

Grant Acord to be charged as adult after police find 6 bombs

(Newser) - Oregon police are charging a 17-year-old boy as an adult after they say they recovered at least six bombs that he allegedly planned to use in a Columbine-esque attack on his high school. Grant Alan Acord was arrested Thursday night, reports the Oregonian , and charged with two counts each of... More »

Oklahoma Student Nabbed in School-Shooting Plot

Sammie Chavez tried to recruit students in cafeteria: cops

(Newser) - The morning of one school shooting, another may have been averted: Police arrested a teenager in northern Oklahoma yesterday for allegedly planning a Columbine-style attack on his high school. Authorities say 18-year-old Sammie Chavez tried to recruit students at Bartlesville High School's cafeteria this week for the massive gun-and-bomb... More »

Carrying Guns Everywhere Won't Protect Us

It's time for a ban on semiautomatic weapons: Andrew Jensen

(Newser) - Andrew Jensen joined the military after students from nearby Columbine High transferred to his Littleton, Colo., school after the 1999 massacre. At the time, he wanted to help protect his family and friends. Yet he wasn’t in Aurora, Colo.—where his dad and brother now live—when James... More »

Colorado Gun Laws Still Lax 13 Years After Columbine

Skeptics don't expect much to change after nearby Aurora massacre

(Newser) - Thirteen years after the Columbine High School shootings, gun laws remain little-different in Colorado, reports the New York Times , as James Holmes over the past two months was able to legally buy an assault rifle, a shotgun, and two handguns. Colorado has enacted a few minor restrictions on guns since... More »

Bank Robber Suspected in Bomb Plot Near Columbine

65-year-old Earl Albert Moore seen in mall security footage

(Newser) - The FBI suspects a paroled bank robber, still at large, planted a pipe bomb at a mall near Columbine last week , Reuters reports. Earl Albert Moore “is considered armed and dangerous and has an extensive criminal background,” the FBI said. The 65-year-old had been a “person of... More »

Bombs Found Near School on Columbine Anniversary

Mall fire, pipe bomb declared 'domestic terrorism' by FBI investigators

(Newser) - A pipe bomb and two propane tanks have been found near a fire that broke out at a suburban Denver mall on the anniversary of the massacre at nearby Columbine High School. "The fact that has happened 12 years later near the school and with similar devices is very... More »

Suicide Pact Twin Wrote Letters to Columbine Alum

She talked with Brooks Brown in 1999

(Newser) - The Australian twins who shot themselves at a Colorado firing range may have been obsessed with the Columbine school shootings, which happened just 20 miles from the shooting range where one sister died . Investigators found that Kristin Hermeler, the twin who died, wrote letters to a former Columbine student in... More »

Teacher Tackles Gunman in Student Attack

2 shot before math instructor leaps on shooter

(Newser) - A gutsy math teacher tackled a gunman as he reloaded his high-powered assault rifle to fire on another student in an attack on a Colorado middle school yesterday. Two teens already lay wounded outside the suburban Denver school when David Benke jumped the shooter. "He was trying to rack... More »

School Suspends 1st-Grader for Cub Scout Eating Utensils

Zero-tolerance weapons policies sometimes ridiculous, say critics

(Newser) - A first grader was suspended for 45 days from school for bringing a Cub Scout combined knife-fork-spoon utensil to class, triggering an uproar among parents. Zachary Christie, 6, was booted because his Newark school has a zero-tolerance policy on knives. Horrifying episodes like the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings have... More »

Columbine Killer's Mom Had 'No Inkling' About Dylan

Her essay is first detailed comment from a parent of the killers

(Newser) - A rare glimpse into the behavior of a Columbine killer the morning of the attack: "I was getting dressed for work when I heard Dylan bound down the stairs and open the front door," writes his mother in O magazine. "Wondering why he was in such a... More »

Bomb Explodes in Home of NY Teen Columbine 'Fan'

Student's school searched after he injures himself while making device

(Newser) - A Long Island teenager who apparently idolized the Columbine killers has been hospitalized after a pipe bomb he was making blew up. The boy, 17, had photos of the students responsible for the Coumbine massacre in his bedroom. He's in stable condition and will likely face charges, reports the New ... More »

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