The Columbine Legacy

  title={The Columbine Legacy},
  author={Ralph W. Larkin},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={1309 - 1326}
  • Ralph W. Larkin
  • Published 13 April 2009
  • Sociology
  • American Behavioral Scientist
The purpose of this article is to explore how the Columbine shootings on April 20, 1999, influenced subsequent school rampage shootings. First, school rampage shootings are defined to distinguish them from other forms of school violence. Second, post-Columbine shootings and thwarted shootings are examined to determine how they were influenced by Columbine. Unlike prior rampage shooters, Harris and Klebold committed their rampage shooting as an overtly political act in the name of oppressed… 

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