Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar has suggested that the National Archives might become the permanent repository of all documents, reports and evidence in the 1999 Columbine High School massacure. The Rocky Mountain News says it is not clear how receptive National Archives and Records Administration officials would be to the idea, which grew out of a controversy after a federal magistrate ordered the destruction of depositions given by the parents of Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
Salazar and others have objected to the destruction; the issue might be decided in a federal court. Salazar also said it is significant that both sides are fighting the judge’s order in one of the two lawsuits covered by it, a case against the maker of a drug Harris was taking at the time of the killings. The other case was filed by families of five slain Columbine students against the killers’ parents.
A group called the Columbine Open Records Task Force met yesterday to discuss pending issues.
Families who sat in on depositions of the parents have been barred from discussing them publicly, but several have said they believe the information would help prevent future tragedies. “I think it’s very important that not only the information be kept but that it get out there,” said John Ireland, whose son, Patrick, was wounded at Columbine.
Colorado U.S. Attorney John Suthers is fighting the destruction of the documents on behalf of the National Archives, which concluded they could be historically significant.