The parent of a victim in the Columbine High School massacre contends that court depositions with the killers’ parents should be made public because they would teach lessons about how school shootings could be prevented.
The Rocky Mountain News quotes Dawn Anna, whose daughter, Lauren Townsend, was among the 13 killed in the 1999 incident, as saying, “I feel like there are cars speeding toward a cliff and the bridge is out, and I can’t tell them. We’ve learned a lot from the depositions. We’ve learned a lot about the parents.”
Anna and families of four other victims who sued the parents of killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold said yesterday that their lawsuit against the parents was settled and confidential. “It will now be our mission to urge the public and the media to cry out for the release of this information,” Anna said.
The victims’ families settled the suit as depositions got under way because they ran out of money. The files were sealed at the insistence of the Harris and Klebold families. Their homeowners insurance set aside $1.6 million to settle with dozens of Columbine victims.