Remember Columbine, the victims

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The 20-year anniversary of the Columbine massacre is on Saturday, and we at The Daily Eastern News send our condolences to the victims and everyone effected by the massacre that happened on April 20, 1999.

Unfortunately, there is a cult following of the Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and that cult following led to an attempted shooting to take place on or near the 20 year anniversary.

According to The New York Times, Sol Pais, an 18-year-old high school student from Florida, was found dead Wednesday with a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

She was wanted in Colorado for threatening to attack Colorado schools.

When she arrived in Colorado, she bought a shotgun and ammunition and a manhunt ensued due to her viable threats.

Pais was “infatuated” with the Columbine attack and her threat led to the closing of numerous schools in Denver.

The Columbine massacre is still as relevant today as it was 20 years ago.

Other massacres have been committed in name of the Columbine shooters, and they have been idolized by a small group of people online.

The New York Times states, the shooters who committed the massacres at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012 and at Virginia Tech in 2007 were inspired by the Columbine shooters.

This is an issue that has left numerous innocent people dead, and the precedent set by Klebold and Harris have inspired alienated, angry or mentally disturbed people to commit heinous acts violence.

Pais was one of those people inspired by Columbine and she wanted to make a statement with another attack.

Columbine must be remembered not to idolize the twisted people who committed the act, but to remember the victims and their families who have been suffering from this attack for 20 years.

Columbine is what changed safety policies in all schools and many people are taking active action so another Columbine, Sandy Hook or Parkland never happens again.

We at The Daily Eastern News give our condolences to anyone who has suffered from a mass shooting/ terrorist attack.

Now there is no known threat of an attack in Colorado, so the community members will not feel threatened this upcoming Saturday.