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"Columbine Effect"-- A Report on Copycat School Violence

May 05, 2014  | 

Photo: Mark W. Clark
Photo: Mark W. Clark

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has published a story on the trend of copycat school violence patterened after the 1999 Columbine school shootings.

This is in the wake of the arrest of John David LaDue, the news outlet is reporting that LaDue had multiple bombs, an arsenal of guns and months of detailed planning for killing his family and then unleashing explosives and bullets on his classmates at Waseca’s junior and senior high school. 

It was all meant to happen on April 20, the 15th anniversary of the rampage at Columbine High School, John David LaDue told police.

By chance, LaDue was arrested last week as he was making final preparations for the attack that he was forced to postpone in April when the 20th fell on Easter Sunday. But the shocking details of the arsenal that the 17-year-old high school junior had amassed — undetected and unsuspected — masked another disturbing fact: His fascination with Columbine was hardly unique.


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