Being a Lieutenant in Hawaii back in 1999 was great. I had just returned from one of many deployments to Japan, Australia and Korea. I had “dash one” (first born) eating and pooping like they are suppose to and I was looking for orders for back to the mainland of good ole US.
It was early afternoon when I was at home getting some chow when I got a phone call. It was my mother and she had asked me if I have heard what’s going on? I asked with what and she said the shootings here. I said no as I turned on the Communist News Network (CNN) and saw the unfolding of the Columbine High school shootings.
With all of the electricity and shock I couldn’t believe it. Total chaos and confusion as I watched the TV. The sadness that we would experience again on Sept 11th ran through conversations at work and with friends. I couldn’t believe my eyes, why you ask? Well mainly because I was talking to my mother on the phone and I could see her in the back yard as news helo circled the high school. It hit hard at home because I graduated from Columbine High School.
Many of my buddies were teachers there. I could see where people were trapped and knew exactly where they were and knew they were truly trapped. I told my mother to get back inside as this thing could spill into the streets.
I thought about my friends, teachers and a couple Marine recruiters I knew at the school at the time. I didn’t want to go back to work and had terrible helpless feelings. I thought and watched to see if any of my buddies were out or if they had been hit. No news on any of them brought the worse thoughts. The kick in the gut feeling that followed as they advertised the wounded and dead after the two shooters were dead hit home for many.
The principle, a friend and a mentor as a football coach for me through the years had recently been assigned as principle and he was served up a hell of a day that day and he handled it well. Columbine is a great school. It resides in you basic middle class neighbor hood, a great neighborhood.
Many peoples life changed that June 20th, including mine.
DARRELL SCOTT TESTIMONY Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this, hmm? On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful. They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript: ” Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers. “The f irst recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart. “In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent. I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best. This was written way before I knew I would be speaking here today:
Your laws ignore our deepest needs, Your words are empty air. You’ve stripped away our heritage, You’ve outlawed simple prayer. Now gunshots fill our classrooms, And precious children die. You seek for answers everywhere, And ask the question “Why?” You regulate restrictive laws, Through legislative creed. And yet you fail to understand, That God is what we need!
“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts. “As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone! My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!” Do what the media did not – – let the nation hear this man’s speech. Please send this out to everyone you can.
In Iraq MemorialMarine who was student at Columbine High School during 1999 attack killed in Iraq
10:08 a.m. December 14, 2004
Associated PressLance Cpl. Greg Rund, 21LITTLETON, Colo. – A Marine who was a freshman at Columbine High School when two students killed 13 people there was killed in action in Iraq, his family said.
Lance Cpl. Greg Rund, 21, was on his second tour of duty in Iraq when he was killed Saturday, his family said in a statement released Monday. He had talked about joining the Marines throughout high school and enlisted shortly after graduating in 2002.
The Marines confirmed Rund’s death Wednesday, saying he died in combat in Al Anbar Province. He was assigned to the 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Rund was a freshman when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris shot 12 students, a teacher, and then themselves on April 20, 1999.
“Greg made us so proud, but he never wanted to be recognized for his actions,” said the statement from his family. “Neither Columbine nor Iraq was to define him.”
Rund was on the 2000 state championship football team, and his younger brother, Doug, now plays football at Columbine as a sophomore.
“It seems so unfortunate that you get through some things, but it catches up with you,” Ken Holden, Rund’s former high school counselor, told the Denver Post.
Rund’s family described him as “reckless, smart, off-key and wonderful.”
“He never did anything like everyone else did,” the statement said. “He did everything to the extreme and always knew that somehow with his humor and a little luck, he would make it through.”