Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the student killers at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999, carried guns, knives, and pipe bombs as they killed 12 students, a teacher and themselves in the nation’s deadliest school shooting, the Rocky Mountain News reports. Thousands of pieces of evidence, including those reapons, will be displayed beginning today. A report this week from Attorney General Ken Salazar will address how the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office handled police reports on Harris and Klebold before the shootings.
Parent Randy Brown, who serves on a Columbine task force, said of the information release: “This is what will tell us if there is any integrity and honesty left in American government and in Colorado. Everyone has failed us so far.”
The Denver Post reports that Brown and his wife were the sources of an anoymous report twenty months before the massacre warning the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office that Harris and Klebold were making threats and pipe bombs. The Browns now do not recall making the report. The Browns’ son, Brooks, was singled out for abuse on the killers’ Web site, although he not injured during the shootings. The Browns brought the Web site to the attention of the sheriff on March 18, 1998.
One lingering question is why a search warrant for the Harris residence wasn’t executed in 1998. Investigators wanted to search the Harris home for evidence linking a pipe bomb found in a field to his Web site death threats. On Feb. 15, 1998, deputies found and defused a pipe bomb in a field. A month later, on March 18, the Browns met with investigators, bringing them a 12-page printout of the Web site.