In Memoriam…

I remember Columbine- America’s first foray into school shootings- I was 12 and at the tail end of 6th grade.  My older brother was a sophomore in high school and loved his trench coat.  After Columbine, he was brought in for questioning because of how he was dressed and how anti-social he was- his trench coat was banned from school because it could hide weapons despite my brother being a good student whose only crime was keeping to himself.  This all happened to my brother within a week of the Columbine shooting, yet some 19 years later, we still can’t do anything real and tangible about this issue except ban and limit what people wear or how they enter a school…. we continue to ignore that people who should not have military grade weapons have them, but there’s no point in reminding you of that- we already know it, and we know nothing will be done about it.

When I read Neal Shusterman’s Unwind series, I was struck by a lot of things that COULD happen here especially with the rate this country is going, but that’s not what I’m here to do today.  At the end of the series, one character makes the decision to have all the names of teenagers lost to unwinding tattooed all over his body.  He ends up with 312 names tattooed on his body.  We haven’t yet reached 312 teachers and schoolchildren, but we’re getting there, and we’re getting there quickly.

No, I’m not going to tattoo names all over my body however great the temptation, but I think it’s important to remember that every single person who has died since Columbine has done so senselessly, and our lawmakers have done nothing to curb it.  We remember them for the 1-2 weeks it’s relevant and then we forget until we have something to compare it to.   I also find it amusing when I was looking for a complete list, not one existed.  They exist in their separate entities, but not together as one… As one, the shooter’s name is listed and how many people they killed… which is sad.  We can remember the shooter, but we can’t be bothered to remember every last person who laid down their lives to protect Americans’ rights to bear arms. We don’t hesitate to share that X amount of people have died from smoking, but we can’t list how many people died from school shootings?

So, now, here’s a chance for you to remember every last one them.

Maybe seeing their names together might change some people’s minds that something should be done about this problem.  Maybe we’ll stop looking at them for only 1-2 weeks and begin using their names every. single. day. until sensible legislation is passed.

Remember them.

 Columbine High School

  • Rachel Scott

  • Daniel Rohrbough

  • Dave Sanders

  • Kyle Velasquez

  • Steven Curnow

  • Cassie Bernall

  • Isaiah Shoels

  • Matthew Kechter

  • Lauren Townsend

  • John Tomlin

  • Kelly Fleming

  • Daniel Mauser

  • Corey Depooter

Victims of school-related shootings since:

  • Derrick Brian Brun

  • Neva Jane Wynkoop-Rogers

  • Alicia Alberta White

  • Thurlene Marie Stillday

  • Chanelle Star Roseber

  • Chase Albert Lussier

  • Dewayne Michael Lewis

  • Naomi Rose Ebersol

  • Marian Stoltzfus Fisher

  • Anna Mae Stoltzfus

  • Lena Zook Miller

  • Mary Liz Miller

  • Ross A. Alameddine

  • Christopher James Bishop

  • Brian R. Bluhm

  • Ryan Christopher Clark

  • Austin Michelle Cloyd

  • Jocelyne Couture-Nowak

  • Kevin P. Granata

  • Matthew Gregory Gwaltney

  • Caitlin Millar Hammaren

  • Jeremy Michael Herbstritt

  • Rachael Elizabeth Hill

  • Emily Jane Hilscher

  • Jarret Lee Lane

  • Matthew Joseph La Porte

  • Henry J. Lee

  • Liviu Librescu

  • G.V. Loganathan

  • Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan

  • Lauren Ashley McCain

  • Daniel Patrick O’Neil

  • Juan Ramon Ortiz-Ortiz

  • Minal Hiralal Panchal

  • Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva

  • Erin Nicole Peterson

  • Michael Steven Pohle, Jr.

  • Julia Kathleen Pryde

  • Mary Karen Read

  • Waleed Mohamed Shaalan

  • Leslie Geraldine Sherman

  • Maxine Shelly Turner

  • Nicole Regina White

  • Catalina Garcia

  • Julianna Gehant

  • Ryanne Mace

  • Daniel Parmenter

  • Gayle Dubowski

  • Katleen Ping

  • Tshering Rinzing Bhutia

  • Doris Chibuko

  • Sonam Chodon

  • Grace Eunhae Kim

  • Judith Seymour

  • Lydia Sim

  • Allison Wyatt

  • Ana Marquez-Greene

  • Anne Marie Murphy

  • Avielle Richman

  • Benjamin Wheeler

  • Caroline Previdi

  • Catherine Hubbard

  • Charlotte Bacon

  • Daniel Barden

  • Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung

  • Dylan Hockley

  • Emilie Parker

  • Grace McDonnell

  • Jack Pinto

  • James Mattioli

  • Jesse Lewis

  • Jessica Rekos

  • Josephine Gray

  • Lauren Rousseau

  • Madeleine Hsu

  • Mary Scherlach

  • Noah Pozner

  • Olivia Engel

  • Rachel D’Avino

  • Victoria Soto

  • Carlos Franco

  • Marcela Franco

  • Margarita Gomez

  • Zoe Raine Galasso

  • Shaylee Adelle Chuckulnaskit

  • Gia Christine Soriano

  • Andrew Fryberg

  • Lucero Alcaraz

  • Treven Taylor Anspach

  • Rebecka Ann Carnes

  • Quinn Glen Cooper

  • Kim Saltmarsh Dietz

  • Lucas Eibel

  • Jason Dale Johnson

  • Lawrence Levine

  • Sarena Dawn Moore

  • Alyssa Alhadeff

  • Scott Biegel

  • Martin Duque Anguiano

  • Nicholas Dworet

  • Aaron Feis

  • Jaime Guttenberg

  • Christopher Hixon

  • Luke Hoyer

  • Cara Loughran

  • Gina Montalto

  • Joaquin Oliver

  • Alaina Petty

  • Meadow Pollack

  • Helena Ramsay

  • Alexander Schachter

  • Carmen Schentrup

  • Peter Wang


Columbine should have been the only lesson we needed to learn.  It should have been it.
It was so incredibly horrible and unthinkable that I would have thought something would have been done,
as you can tell,
nothing has been done.
And this list will continue to grow until we force our lawmakers to do something about it.

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