This is the yearbook photo of Columbine High School’s class of 1999. A few weeks after it was taken, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris planted bombs in the school cafeteria, placed 99 explosives around the school and opened fire on teachers and students – killing 13 and injuring 24 more. In the top left hand corner of this photograph, Klebold and Harris can be seen pulling gun fingers at the camera.
There are three other pupils (a girl and two boys) also pointing ‘finger guns’, They were friends of the shooters; Brooks Brown (furthest left), Zach Heckler and Robyn Anderson.
Brown was childhood friends with Dylan and wrote a book about all the events. In the book he says that Eric suggested they all point imaginary guns at the camera. While Eric and Dylan had been planning the massacre for about a year at this point in time, none of the others had any idea the symbolism of the finger guns.
Brooks Brown had been friends with both, but had grown apart from Dylan; he and his father actually made 17 reports to both the school and police regarding Eric’s psychotic behaviour prior to the shooting. Neither took it seriously, and the police tried to cover their negligence after the fact by slandering Brown as a “conspirator.”
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