When all **** breaks loose… reflections on the Columbine High School massacre 20 years later

ChurchLeaders | 4/20/2019 | Staff
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Where were you on April 20th, 1999 when you heard the news about the Columbine High School massacre?

I remember exactly where I was. That day I was promoting a Dare 2 Share conference with six youth leaders at Arvada Presbyterian Church in Arvada, Colorado, a short 30 minute drive from Columbine High School.

Focus - Conference - Warfare - Evangelism - Theme

The focus of the specific conference I was promoting was on spiritual warfare and evangelism. Our theme was “When all **** breaks loose…” I’ll never forget when the pastor of the church interupted our meeting sometime before noon and said, “You guys may want to stop and pray because all **** has broken loose down at Columbine High School.”

We stopped and prayed but didn’t know exactly how bad it was until a bit later in the afternoon.

Lives - Day - Eric - Harris - Dylan

15 lives were lost that day. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 of their fellow high school students and a teacher, before they turned their guns on themselves.

Beside the 15 dead, many more were horribly wounded both physically and psychologically. Many are still suffering to this day.

School - Shootings - April - Reason - Columbine

There were high school shootings before April 20th, 1999 and there have been many after. But, for some reason, the Columbine massacre became the defining event for this sort of tragedy.

Whether it was the terrifying rants and demeanors of the shooters or the shocking depths to which they went to to ensure a maximum death count, there was something about this massacre that shocked and rocked a nation. It became the terrible yardstick by which all other school shootings would be measured.

Inspiration - School - Shooters - Magazine - April

And, sadly, it became a demonically twisted inspiration for many other school shooters. According to 5280 Magazine, “Since April 20, 1999 more than 40 perpetrators have directly cited Columbine as influencing their actions. Collectively, they killed 210 people and injured at least 419.”

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