1999 Columbine survey finds parallels with 2018 school shootings

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Pie chart courtesy of the 1999 Bengal’s Purr archives.

Pie chart courtesy of the 1999 Bengal’s Purr archives.

Pie chart courtesy of the 1999 Bengal’s Purr archives.

Gracyn Richardson, Entertainment Editor

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In 1999, the lives of Americans, including Lewiston High School students, were greatly impacted and changed when two shooters murdered 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado.

The Columbine killers sent their shot around the nation, making American students feel voiceless, degraded and powerless. But in October 1999, the staff of The Bengal’s Purr surveyed 951 LHS students (see chart).

They asked students, “Who should be held responsible for gun-related violence by teens?”

As the students answered, their voices rang out, replenished and booming.

* Note: This story incorrectly stated that the Columbine shootings happened in Littleton, Colorado, due to a Bengal’s Purr error.

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