The Horrible Tragedy of the Columbine Massacre: A Speech

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4/20 “Fun” in Littleton

Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the horrible tragedy of the Columbine Massacre.

It was Tuesday, April 20, 1999. It was an exciting day for me in the fourth grade when I turned 9 years old. However, the people of Littleton, Colorado remember that day as something more and definitely less exciting than my birthday was. On April 20, 1999 Littleton Colorado experienced what we now know as the Columbine Massacre. Two seniors at Columbine High School, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold completed this act killing 12 students, 1 teacher, and injured 21 others before committing suicide. Why would anyone want to commit such a horrific crime? Today I am going to talk to you about the boys and their preparations, the massacre itself, and the aftermath.

Transition: I will begin by describing the yearlong preparation that Eric and Dylan completed.

In January of 1998, the boys were caught stealing a car. While they were completing volunteer hours, seeing counselors and convincing everyone that they were sincere; they were actually also making elaborate plans for a massacre at their high school. According to, a year before the shooting, Eric and Dylan wrote about killing and retaliation in each other’s yearbooks. Within that year, the boys purchased many types of firearms and searched the internet finding ways to make advanced bombs. They planned to set the bombs for 11:17am in the cafeteria where over 500 students would be. They wanted to kill as many people as possible. After the massacre, the FBI found journals filled with Dylan and Eric’s detailed plans. There were illustrations of people in trenchcoats including where everything would be carried from knives to bullets. Also, from, they show a page from Dylan’s journal including the schedule of events to occur. Even though the massacre wasn’t as large as intended, the boys spent a lot of time preparing for the attack at...
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