Columbine killer’s mom irate letters weren’t delivered

Eric Harris’ mother was outraged Thursday by the Jefferson County Sheriff Department’s failure to deliver letters of condolence she wrote to the families of Columbine victims.

"This is not right," Kathy Harris told a family friend, who asked not to be identified. "We’re extremely upset."

She said that she would make sure the letters reach each family, even if she has to deliver them herself.

Harris sent the letters during the third week in May. She bundled them in a large envelope and sent them to a Jefferson County Schools post office box in Golden, a clearinghouse for Columbine-related mail.

The school district turned the packet of letters over to the sheriff’s office on June 22, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Davis.

Investigators have been trying to return the letters to the Harrises through their attorney, Benjamin Colkitt, Davis said. He said they did not feel comfortable about contacting the Harrises directly.

"Just to be safe, we’re going through their attorney, because they have voiced their request not to do interviews or meet with our investigators," Davis said. "We’re having a heck of a time getting hold of him."

The Harrises have refused to talk to investigators unless they are granted immunity from prosecution in connection with the April 20 Columbine shootings. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and one teacher, then killed themselves.

The Klebold family began sending letters of apology in May.

Kathy Harris told her friend that the fact that the sheriff’s office kept the letters makes cooperation even more unlikely now.

"She’s livid," the friend said.

Puzzled about the letters’ whereabouts, the Harrises made inquiries last week through a friend about whether they had reached any of the victims’ families.

When the Harrises’ friend learned that the letters had not been received, the sheriff’s office was asked to help locate them.

A deputy said last Friday that the whereabouts of the letters were unknown. Davis said few people in the department knew about the packet.

Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County district attorney, said she failed to track them down.

None of the letters have been opened, Davis said.

Boxes of cards, T-shirts, teddy bears and other gifts addressed to the Harrises, the Klebolds, and victims’ families have ended up at the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office has done its best to forward them, but it’s been time-consuming and difficult, Davis said.

"We’re not in that business," he said. "We have a department to run. Most of us don’t even get a lunch break since Columbine. We don’t have time to deliver the mail."

(source: rockymountainnews)


Columbine killers strike chord on Net

Amid the hundreds of cyberspace memorials to the victims of the Columbine High School killings, a few Internet sites are dedicated to the killers.

The sites about Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold have drawn controversial reactions from visitors — some visceral, others thought-provoking.

Host providers have removed some sites because of policies against offensive content.

Cindi Sterba, 34, a mother of five who lives on Travis Air Force Base, Calif., with her husband, created a Web site, “In Remembrance of Eric and Dylan,” within days of the April 20 killings.

As of Friday it had more than 11,600 visitors.

"If someone had not cared enough for me when my own father did not, I could have been an Eric or a Dylan," she said.

She says she doesn’t condone the killings, but she does empathize with Harris and Klebold because of her troubled upbringing. She said her father tried to drum racism into her head and she was taunted in school because of her appearance and dress.

Sterba wants to reach out to young people who need someone to talk to, she said in an interview.

"I thought as a kid I was the only one who truly hated my own life," she said.

"This and many other personal accounts in my life were what moved me to put up a memorial site purely dedicated to not just two boys, but maybe send a very powerful message out to our future Eric and Dylans. There are other ways to resolve these issues."

The site has animations and photos of Harris and Klebold.

It also has a guest book in which arguments have raged between those who say they understand why the two teens turned violent, and those who condemn them for it.

Pamela Schwindt, a nurse in Indianapolis, signed the guest book: “I am a mom and I am about 50 and I remember the taunting I took in high school. My heart breaks for you. I hope you are now at peace.”

Contacted by the News, Schwindt said she dropped out of high school “four or five times” before finishing in the face of terrible taunting for being an outcast. She has never gone to a reunion and still feels anger at classmates.

She might have done something violent in school, except “I was too worried about getting into trouble,” she said. “It was probably the most miserable time of my life.”

Rory Ryan, 18, of New Jersey is a student at a prestigious art school. But his high school years were consumed by anger and thoughts of revenge against the athletes, preppies and kids in the “popular” crowd.

He says he has a great deal of empathy for Harris and Klebold.

"I do not agree with them, but I know where they came from," he said in an interview with the News through an Internet chat window.

"I went through the usual crap that a loser in elementary school goes through, and for the usual reason — ugly clothes, glasses, in special education, etc.," he said.

"I had the EXACT same problem as (Harris) last year, and the same disorder," said Ryan, referring to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Harris was taking a medication prescribed for OCD.

Ryan wrote in Sterba’s guest book: “I had specific people that I wanted to hurt or kill, and had specific plans on how I would do it. But as time went by and I became more consumed with revenge, I saw that it was tearing me apart. In the long run, I wasted four years hating people.”

He said he got more involved in activities, which helped.

"There is always a choice. They didn’t have to kill," he wrote.

A 14-year-old boy in Rhode Island wrote that the killers “did what they should have.”

"Eric and Dylan seemed to have been good kids but the jocks drove them crazy and they did what they had to."

The News asked him for a fuller explanation. His name is Kyle.

"I think it sounds like a good idea because it scared most jocks away from people like Eric and Dylan, and now most of them don’t make fun of us as much," he wrote in an e-mail. "But I don’t think people should really do it again unless they end up in the same situation."

He said he is still teased over the way he dresses, and almost was expelled when he talked about bombing his school.

"My teachers are afraid of me; if I move fast they duck," he wrote. "Once they heard about the shooting, all my teachers started like being scared of me."

(source: rockymountainnews)


"Columbine is a clean, good place except for those rejects [TCM]. Most kids didn’t want them there. They were into witchcraft. They were into voodoo dolls. Sure, we teased them. But what do you expect from kids who come to school with weird hairdos and horns on their hats?… They’re a bunch of homos, grabbing each other’s private parts. If you want to get rid of someone, usually you tease them. So the whole school would call the homos" Evan Todd


Eric and Dylan being attacked by some radioactive clothing


Sheriff’s office set to return condolence letters from suspect’s mom

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Condolence letters written by the mother of Columbine High School gunman Eric Harris have not made it to the families of the victims.

The letters, written by Kathy Harris, were given to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in late May, but investigators did not pass them on to the intended family members.

Sgt. Randy West said Wednesday that the sheriff’s office will return the letters to the Harris family because “it’s really not our job” to distribute them.

The letters have been held by a sheriff’s investigator because the Harris family lawyer could not be reached, West said.

"They’re busy, we’re busy and we can’t seem to connect with them," he said.

Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher during their April 20 rampage before killing themselves in the school’s library.

Mrs. Harris’ letters were in individual envelopes and were addressed to families of the 13 people killed and some of the families of those who were injured.

Brian Rohrbough, father of slain Columbine student, Daniel, was surprised to hear about the letters and the decision by the sheriff’s office to hold on to them.

"I’d still like to see it," he said.

Other than a short statement faxed to the media the night of the Columbine killings, the Harrises have not spoken publicly about their son’s role in the rampage. The Harrises also have refused to talk to investigators unless they are promised immunity from prosecution.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Davis said the department has received many letters and gifts, including T-shirts and teddy bears, addressed to the Harrises and the Klebolds from the public.

"We would like to get those to the Harrises too, but they’ve refused to meet with our investigators," said Davis.

West said the mixup with the letters from Mrs. Harris could have been avoided.

"I guess if you want to make things easier, you could just talk to us," he said.

The Harrises’ lawyer, Benjamin Colkitt, did not return a call seeking comment on the letters.

(source: rockymountainnews)



Columbine after the attack

That sky is scary


Criticizing the dead about their life choices before they died is literally the worst thing you can do- they cannot defend themselves and so the ones they left behind have to open up their scars in order to tell you that you are wrong. Leave it alone. Tell the facts, but leave it at that. Be respectful. The dead deserve it as much as the living.

"I think he suffered horribly before he died. For not seeing that, I will never forgive myself."
--Susan Klebold (via arlene-columbine)


Daniel Mauser****