Before entering the school Klebold and Harris started their massacre by shooting Rachel Scott and Richard Castaldo who were sitting on a grassy hill. Rachel was shot four times and died instantly, while Richard was shot eight times and was severely injured and paralyzed. They entered the school through the west entrance where they threw their first pipe bomb, which detonated but did not do any damage. As they walked the halls Klebold and Harris killed Daniel Rohrbough as well as injuring seven other students. They then got into a gun battle with a school officer Neil Gardner. Klebold gun jammed and they then started to make their way inside the school injuring other students and critically injuring Dave Sanders, who was a teacher. Sanders saved many students by evacuating the cafeteria with other staff members when he heard the gunshots. Shot and wounded Sanders crawled into a science classroom with 30 students where students helped him with his injuries. He later then passed away a few hours later. Eric and Dylan then entered the library which had 56 students hiding under the table. Eric shot and injured student athlete Evan Tod, and Dylan shot and killed a special education student. They then proceeded to reload their guns and have another shootout out with the Denver police. No one was hurt in the shootout. They both then killed nine more students and injured eleven. This was the deadliest part of their massacre. They taunted students with their guns, used racial slurs, and even screamed their rage at other students. They then proceeded to leave the library, shooting into empty classrooms. They even made eye contact with students in classrooms through the door
window but fortunately did not go in. Dylan and Eric entered the cafeteria in attempt to detonate the bombs that failed to detonate but failed to detonate them. After walking through the cafeteria and having yet a third shoot out with the police Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold turned their guns on themselvesand committed suicide by shooting themselves. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold actions move towards the Social LearningTheory and the Social Process Theory (Neutralization). Neutralization which falls under the social process group claims that criminals do not act like criminals all the time. I believe this theory pertains very much to Eric and
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- Fall '17
- GEORGE WEISSINGER