Wounded But Not Broken

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Friday, April 20, 2018, will be 19 years since the mass school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

On that day, twelve students and one teacher were fatally wounded. Twenty students and one teacher were physically wounded and survived. Three more students were wounded while fleeing and also survived.

BLOG POST #154: This week, I’m sharing research on wounded but not broken, survivors of the Columbine High School Massacre.

The entire student body, staff, families, and the community all experienced a horrific event that day. Many continue to suffer from post-traumatic stress. Some people heal publicly—others heal privately.

It was lunchtime at the school. And it was a lovely April day in Colorado. Kids were outside on the lawn, inside the cafeteria, in the library… and then…

Twenty-One Wounded

Teacher, age 35. Hit by broken glass and shrapnel in the shoulder. Finished the school year and began the next school year. Unable to continue, she took a leave of absence. She no longer works at Columbine High School.

Student, age 18. Shot in the knee, shoulder, and foot. Maintains a low profile.

Student, age 18. Shot in the shoulder, hand, arms, and thigh. Maintains a low profile.

Student, age 18. Shot in the chest, arms, and abdomen. Friend next her was killed. Maintains a low profile.

Student, age 18. Shot in the knee. Went on to attend college, work in carpentry, and moved from Colorado.

Student, age 17. Shot in the shoulder, hand, and neck requiring tissue replacement. Became a registered nurse for a period. Now a public speaker. Married with four children.

Student, age 17. Shot in the head and shoulder. Maintains a low profile.

Student, age 17. Shot in the arm, chest, back, and abdomen. Paralyzed from injuries. Moved from Colorado.

Student, age 17. Shot in the chest, arm, abdomen, and back. Paralyzed from injuries. Lost her mother six months after the shooting. Vocal supporter of No Notoriety (more on that below).

Student, age 17. Injured by flying glass. Went on to own a trucking business.

Student, age 17. Shot in the thigh. Maintains a low profile.

Student, age 17. Shot in the hand, leg, and shoulder. Maintains a low profile.

There’s a common thread through all of this and nobody’s talking about it. The common thread is isolation, loneliness, and adverse childhood experiences.” Austin Eubanks, Columbine Survivor

Student, age 17. Shot in hand and knee. Watched a friend die. Addicted to pain medicine for 12 years, got into a bit of trouble. Clean for years. Works at a treatment center.

Student, age 17. Shot in the ankle. Maintains a low profile.

Student, age 17. Shot in the head and foot. Went on to be a field director with a financial services firm. Married with one child.

Student, age 16. Shot nine times in the abdomen. Moved from Colorado. Speaks at schools. Works with Rachel’s Challenge (more on that below).

Student, age 16. Shot multiple times in the chest, arms, and leg. Thought to be dead he was trampled by kids running from the shooters. Went on to write a book about his story. Then, suffered from severe depression, and placed in a treatment program.

Student, age 16. Shot five times in the leg, neck, and jaw. Suffered some disfigurement to the face and maintains a low profile.

Student, age 15. Shot six times in the back, foot, and abdomen requiring spinal code rehabilitation. After more than a year of therapy, regained the ability to walk.

Student, age 15. Shot in the face, arm, and leg. Maintains a low profile.

Student, age 15. Sustained minor injuries from flying debris. Speaks about the Columbine shooting at schools, colleges, churches, and youth groups.

Healing Through Helping Others

No Notoriety is a movement to de-sensationalize crime. Mainstream news mostly reports on everything bad going on in the world. Why? Because it sells.

No Notoriety (in part) challenges the “media” to limit the name and likeness of the individual in reporting after initial identification, except when the alleged assailant is still at large and in doing so would aid in the assailant’s capture….Learn more here: https://nonotoriety.com/



Rachel’s Challenge was started by the family of Rachel Scott, who was killed at Columbine. Rachel’s Challenge helps schools and businesses become safer, more connected places to live and learn.

Rachel’s brother, Scott, speaks publicly and helps set up kindness and compassion clubs and events. The promo video is a short yet powerful five minutes. Watch the video and learn more here:  https://rachelschallenge.org/about-us



The Rebels Project (TRP) was formed by Columbine students hoping to help other survivors learn to cope with the aftermath of a horrific event.

TRP Mission Statement: The Rebels Project seeks to embrace, support, and connect survivors of mass tragedies and trauma by creating a safe environment to share unique resources, experiences, and provide education surrounding the varying effects of mass trauma. Learn more here: http://therebelsproject.org/



My heart goes out to everyone affected by a school tragedy. #EnoughIsEnough and it was in 1999, as well. Now it’s 2018, and we experienced another school massacre eight short weeks ago. It’s my opinion, schools need to (at the very least) increase counseling services, psychologist services, and deal with bullying.

What do you think about this research? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading and caring about kids!

-Robin

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