10 Years Since Columbine; Pausing to Remember

April 20, 2009 at 1:39 pm 2 comments

Today marks the ten year anniversary of the tragic Columbine High School shootings.  At OneSeventeen Media, we have all paused in our work today to remember the lives that were lost that day and to think of the countless families affected by this violence.  This anniversary also renews our call to action to provide kids with the tools they need to effectively work through social-emotional stresses of growing up without turning to violence.  

I’d been very interested in a promo for this afternoon’s Oprah show detailing what lead to the tragedy, but late yesterday I received an email announcing a schedule change from Oprah.com, and this morning Oprah’s Facebook Fan Page and Twitter both announced her decision.

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While I have wanted to see what her show had to say, I consider her decision a compassionate one, and I do hope at some point she will choose to share the episode to help us all better understand what lead to such a tragedy.  

Today’s anniversary also coincides with the beginning of National Volunteer Week 2009.  In honor of the young people lost on April 20, 1999, consider volunteering your time to begin mentoring tweens and teens to build the valuable, caring relationships that help kids grow into caring adults.  One of the biggest ways to stand up to violence is to take action out of love to invest yourself in the young people of your community.  

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  • 1. Amy Strecker  |  April 21, 2009 at 9:30 am

    There’s a great collected of coverage on Ypulse at http://www.ypulse.com/a-decade-after-columbine

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  • 2. Amy Looper  |  April 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims. It seems unbelievable that it’s already been ten years. If you don’t know about some of the good that came out of this horrible tragedy I recommend you check out Rachel’s Challenge,org. Rachel was the first student murdered that day and her family including her brother who was also in the school that day, has created an organization that comes to schools with a program to teach kids and educators how to create a caring and compassionate school campus.

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