Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were high school students. Little did anyone know that under that seemingly normal and boyish persona were two brutal souls.
While the media speculated that both of the students were victims of bullying, the other side of the coin showed a completely different story. They wanted to see the world come crashing down and that they get to be the reason behind it.
On April 20, 1999, the two students committed the most heinous crimes in history. After they committed a mass shooting and attempted bombing at Columbine High School, things changed for America.
Living with a constant fear became the new normal. Parents no longer felt safe, sending their children to schools. In a nutshell, American society paid a heavy price by losing its streak of innocence to the wave of violence.
If you want to know more about how two young boys turned the tables for America, keep reading.
The Columbine Shooters
This was the label given to the two students who mercilessly went on a killing spree. Truth is the hardest pill to digest. In this case, the reason behind the shooting was enough to choke you to death, let alone the news of the incident.
What drove the young Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold towards this dark world of crimes and brutality? Why wasn’t the world ready to accept the narrative?
He was born in1981, in Wichita, Kansas. Most of his childhood was spent there until his father retired and the family settled in Littleton, Colorado. Though he had a comfortable and conventional upbringing, he did feel a little out of place.
He found it difficult to adjust in Littleton. This was probably the first sign of his deep-rooted psychological issues. The second being the scribbles in his journal. Here are some excerpts.
“I want to tear a throat out with my own teeth like a pop can.’’
“I want to grab some weak little freshman. Tear them apart like a fucking wolf. Strangle them, squish their head. Rip off their jaw, break their arms in half, show them who God is.”
His writing reeked of sheer narcissism and the pressing need to see himself as the most powerful and fearful human in the world.