Today we begin a week of honoring the 12 students and teacher killed on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School. So much has been written over the years about the families of those slain and the survivors who witnessed the unimaginable, we wondered what could be added of value to the discussion.
Sadly, Columbine remains something of a demarcation line for topics as relevant today as they were 20 years ago: guns, mental illness, profound grief, safety and even the media.
Through a series of stories, video interviews, photos and podcasts, online and in print, we will explore the legacy of Columbine, starting with reporter John Aguilar’s story today on what has and hasn’t happened in the ferocious battle over guns where so little compromise has been found.
Above all, we hope you spend this week remembering these people and their families:
- Cassie Bernall,17
- Steve Curnow, 14
- Corey DePooter, 17
- Kelly Fleming, 16
- Matt Kechter, 16
- Daniel Mauser, 15
- Daniel Rohrbough, 15
- William “Dave” Sanders, 47
- Rachel Scott, 17
- Isaiah Shoels, 18
- John Tomlin, 16
- Lauren Townsend, 18
- Kyle Velasquez, 16
— Lee Ann Colacioppo, Editor for The Denver Post
Five of The Denver Post’s best stories this week
Tom Mauser, father of Columbine High School shooting victim Daniel Mauser, addresses the 5,000 people in the audience who showed up to protest the NRA meeting in Denver at west steps of state Capitol building on Saturday, May 1, 1999.
More than 200 lives have been claimed in school shootings in the 20 years since the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. In that time, little gun control legislation has passed. The response at the state level has been more robust but varied across the country. While 14 states, including Colorado, have passed “red-flag laws,” other states are moving in the opposite direction by strengthening concealed carry laws. Read more from John Aguilar.
Denver mayor Michael Hancock poses for a portrait in Chaffee Park on April 7, 2019 in Denver. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
In anticipation for Denver’s upcoming election, our city reporter Andrew Kenney has created an election guide for voters. This included profiles of the candidates for Denver mayor.
Amy Mays, executive director of Happy Crew, gives Katherine Griek, 18, with back to camera, a hug before she leaves after the weekly group meetings with Happy Crew on April 8, 2019, in Highlands Ranch.
Suicide has become a reality for teenagers across Colorado as suicide is the leading cause of death in this state for individuals between the ages of 10 and 24. Jessica Seaman reports that part of the difficulty teens face when they need help is that their parents, teachers and school administrators treat mental health — a topic often laced with stigma and shame — as a subject to be avoided or dismissed. Read more from Jessica Seaman.
Wynkoop bartender Anne Schrader pours two glasses of Wynkoop’s craft beer on tap for a customer at Wynkoop Brewing Co. on Sept. 29, 2016 in Denver.
On Wednesday, the Brewers Association delivered a state of the industry address. That state, based on 2018 numbers, is still growing but slowing down significantly compared to years past even as thousands of new brewers get into the market or prepare to. Read more from Joe Rubino.
Kathryn Maciula stands near her former neighborhood in Erie on April 4, 2018. After several years of living near a fracking well, Maciula and her family moved out of the area.
Far away from the capitol, those bracing for changes coming from new oil and gas legislation include workers who drill and service the wells; people concerned about the potential health effects of nearby drilling; and mineral rights owners and business people dependent on revenue the industry produces. Read more from Judith Kohler.
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