On the 20th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, we ask US students what it’s …


On the 20th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, we ask US students what it’s like to attend school in the shadow of the Sandy Hook and Parkland tragedies.

Are we becoming numb to mass shootings? Or are they affecting us now, more than ever?




  1. As someone who grew up within this generation, we have become numb. Since the start of school – elementary, we have had Code Blue drills which represented intruders. Lock the doors, shut off the lights, crouch in the corner on the same side as the door, so no one would be seen inside. Don’t make a peep. It was so normal to us and even in those drills kids would giggle. It wasn’t until middle school, when my school went into an intense lock down. This time it was real. Newtown is just 1hr away and we were in a lockdown for nearly 3 hours. Everyone knew this time was different. Nobody made a sound and I truly have never felt that type of fear for my life. I thought it was my school. Luckily, it wasn’t, but instead, it was 6 and 7 year olds that were being gunned down. It wasn’t until recently that I found out having drills like that isn’t normal.

    Action is long overdue and until you have been in a situation where you have feared for your life in a place that is supposed to be a safe haven, you will not understand.

  2. I agree…i am very glad to see them alive grown up and productive members of society.

    Yes for me…ive grown somewhat numb. Before i would have panic attacks inagining the horrific scene….now i get peed off ….

    There are steps to association right?


    Deep empathy


    Whats next?

  3. We had an event like this here in Scotland- to solve it gun laws were tightened and security in schools increased. Better mental health care and awareness was also part of the strategy, however I’m not sure that has been delivered sadly. However – never has there been another mass shooting event.

  4. I feel partially numb. On the one hand, mass shootings are becoming commonplace-ish, it’s not “news”. That is terrifying. On the other hand, as dully pointed in the video, I can’t help but think about all lives that are no more. So many dreams, so many plans were cut short. And that is very very sad

  5. “I don’t think you should worry about things you can’t control…” YOU CAN CONTROL GUNS, IT IS LITERALLY CALLED GUN CONTROL.

    You can’t control tornados, but you can still have a storm shelter. 🤷

  6. In eighteen years my kids were at a school shooting exactly zero times. They were anywhere near a school shooting exactly zero times. The number of days they were afraid of a school shooting exactly zero.

  7. I don’t every want to become numb to that. I also watch other countries take immediate action when they have a mass shooting and gun violence decreases. What kind of country are we that can change a rule in one day when I dog dies on an airplane and 20 years after Columbine and many other school shooting nothing has changed. Are our dogs more important than our children. Why does the amendment that gives us the right to bear arms mean we can’t limit what arms. Citizens do not assault rifles.

  8. My worry is the statement that 2/3 of students worry about this. According to FBI statistics going back last 15 years, you have a .00000026 percent chance this happening to you in any so called mass shooting. Even less if you crunch the numbers for just school mass shootings. To simplify a little, a student today has a better chance of getting struck by lightning than dying in a mass shooting here in the USA.

  9. I can’t help but think the more they focus on it the more it encourages someone to do it again. They want that copycat claim to fame. 🙁 One should learn from the mistakes, but not let them destroy us.

    We never had such drills when I was in school and I am glad. And it certainly isn’t because guns hadn’t been invented. They had.


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