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Columbine: 10 Years Later...

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on April 20, 2009 at 6:07 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM

Remembering Columbine

Evacuating Columbine High School - April 20, 1999

I can't believe it's been 10 years since the Columbine shooting spree in Littleton, CO. I remember that day so well... I was in Idaho Falls working as a news anchor at KIFI Local News 8, and we watched the coverage all day in our newsroom. Network took over, and it all unfolded before our eyes on every channel for hours.

It was unbelievable that these two teenage boys carried out something so devastating...

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Eric Harris, 18 and Dylan Klebold,17

It's something that hits close to home here in the Treasure Valley, because KTVB has been a sponsor of Rachel's Challenge:

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Rachel Scott

The goal: spreading Rachel Scott's (just one of the victims on that terrible day) message of kindness and compassion to schools all over our area.


Today, Oprah has a special episode devoted to Columbine. I saw the promo for the show during our newscast this morning - new information on what happened that day, and during the investigation will be revealed...

You can tune in at 4pm today on Channel 7, or at 9pm tonight on 24/7.

Just in:

We just found out at 9:29am that Oprah is NOT going to run her show today on Columbine. After reviewing the tape, she decided it focused too much on the killers, and she pulled it. So... this Oprah will not air today! She posted a message on her facebook page:

The Oprah Winfrey Show To Our Viewers: I decided to pull the Columbine show today. After reviewing it, I thought it focused too much on the killers. Today, hold a thought for the Columbine community. This is a hard day for them. --Oprah

(BTW, many people don't realize that Oprah replays at 9pm Monday through Friday on our 24/7 channel, it's super convenient for people who work 9 to 5)