3 of The Most Deadly School Shootings in History

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InIn human history, there are many shocking incidents of shootings that remained a topic of discussion due to the motive and outcomes. Psychologists tried to find the elements which motivated the shooter to kill so many innocent people.

There are various stories of killings, serial killings, and massacres in history. The killing of innocent people cannot be justified by any law. School shootings indeed proved more painful for the hearts and minds as innocent students are killed during these shootouts. Disruptive behaviors and the tendency for violence are sometimes the main causes of such incidents.

This is the story of the three most deadly school shootings in history.

1. The Columbine shooting, April 20, 1999

In this incident there was a shooting, 13 people were killed and more than 20 were wounded. This incident of school shooting took place at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on 20 April 1999.

Two gunmen, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, brutally killed their own fellow students by opening fire on them. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris wearing trench coats entered the premises of the school around 11:19 a. m. and started firing at their own school fellows. Till 11:35 they had killed their 12 fellow students and a majority of them were killed in the school library.

The Columbine school shooting initiated a long debate on school safety and the arms trade in the country. Both, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were also planning school bombings as they had a 20-pound propane bomb set to explode at 11:17 a.m. in the school cafeteria.

Later on during the investigation, it was thoroughly investigated who supported the gunmen and who gave them guns and ammunition. Moreover, the Columbine school shooting raised many questions on the safety of students in school, and many of the schools adopted a zero-tolerance policy for violent behaviors.

2. Beslan school siege, also known as Beslan school hostage crisis 2004