Eric Harris And Dylan Klebold

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Why They Did It! April 20, 1999, the Columbine massacre occurred. Thirteen people were shot and killed; many people were injured. The massacre was the works of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. The boys built a plan in order to execute the massacre. They had been planning since their freshman year. Both boys had mental illnesses that made them want to kill people, but neither of the boys acted on their instincts until their senior year of highschool. Eric and Dylan went through a series of events that eventually pushed them over an edge and caused them to act on their murderous instincts, which led to them acting out their plan. A sociopath is a person with a personality disorder that manifests itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of…show more content…
Eric was a psychopath, which is a person suffering from a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent behavior. Eric was angry, charming, and he engaged in criminal activities. Eric and Dylan hacked into the school computer and commandeered a list of locker combinations. They broke into the lockers and October 2, 1997, they were caught. Both received similar punishments: they were grounded for a month and they were forbidden contact with each other. However, they weathered their punishment and remained close. The punishment made the boys angry. Dylan began exploring the idea of a killing spree. Dylan wrote, “. . .I’ll go on my killing spree against anyone I want” (Cullen. 2009). Eric’s thinking had been evolving steadily in one direction since his freshman year: “kill everything and destroy the human race”(Cullen. 2009). After the punishment was over, Eric and Dylan continued to commit crimes as a pair. They got cockier. They stole more valuable merchandise and started testing their pipe bombs. The boys got caught stealing expensive equipment. They were taken to county jail. “The boys could have been charged with three felonies, including a class V, which carried up to
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