"Today school safety experts recommend tearing down buildings where school shootings take place", he wrote. Since the morbid fascination with Columbine has been increasing over the years, rather than dissipating, we believe it is time for our community to consider this option for the existing Columbine building.
He also said the number of people trying to trespass inside the school building or on the grounds has steadily increased in the 11 months leading up to the 20th anniversary and is now at record levels. STEM School Highlands Ranch in neighboring Douglas County experienced a shooting where one student died and eight were injured in May.
Fifteen people were killed in the Columbine rampage, which at the time ranked as the deadliest school shooting in United States history. The Hope Memorial Library, which was built after the massacre, could be preserved and perhaps serve as the "cornerstone" for the new building, which would be built to the west of the current building.
The move came less than two months after Sol Pais, an 18-year-old Florida woman, flew to Colorado in the days before the 20-year anniversary of the Columbine shooting and bought a shotgun, setting off a manhunt before she took her own life.
Columbine High School has a gravitational-pull for these sorts of individuals. Kristin Davis, 15, of Aurora, CO, signs a large poster prior to the vigil in Denver's Civic Center Plaza on April 21, 1999, for victims killed at Columbine High School. In 1999, no guidance existed on what to do with a building such as Columbine High School.
The name Columbine High School would be retained and the "current school mascot and colors would be unchanged", Glass wrote. Most are there to satisfy your curiosity for the odd or macabre, for example, Glass.
"But it still needs to be in that vicinity because we need to serve that community, the kids that are there", said Glass.
Kiki Leyba, who was a first-year teacher when the shooting occurred in 1999 and has been at Columbine ever since, says he would welcome a new building after dealing with frequent safety threats at the school.More news: Uber will start offering $200 helicopter rides in NY next month
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Not surprisingly, security was also a key consideration in the construction. Therefore, in the case it is hard for her to say goodbye to a place that is for the entire community of meaning. "It's time we decide if we're going to do something different". Called "Columbiners", there are people across the globe obsessed with the Columbine shooting.
William Beck, a student survivor, told CNN he "hated" the idea of demolition, saying, "Even though something bad happened there, it is a special place to me".
"I think that's the problem of destroying, demolishing the site of tragedy - there's still the event that occurred there that exists on other registers of recollection", Marr says.
"There's a deep sense of pride that comes with Columbine and the "We are Columbine" name, and the whole spirit that comes with the school", Glass said.
Columbine spent more than $1.2 million on renovations after the shooting, including building the memorial Hope Library and demolishing the old one.
Police vehicles are stationed outside the school following the shooting at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, U.S., May 8, 2019.
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., - where 20 children and six adults were killed in 2012 - was torn down and rebuilt at the same site.