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Officials may tear down Columbine High; they blame ‘macabre’ interest in school

FILE - In this April 17, 2019, file photo, a patrol car is parked in front of Columbine High School
Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., on April 17.
(Joe Mahoney / Associated Press)

Authorities in a Colorado community are gauging support for demolishing Columbine High School and rebuilding it nearby.

In a letter Thursday, Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Jason Glass said the school building has become “a macabre source of inspiration and motivation” for school shooters and others with a dark interest in the 1999 shooting that killed 12 students and a teacher.

Glass said the number of people trying to enter the school or trespassing on its grounds reached record levels this year as the community marked the 20th anniversary of the massacre.

In April, a Florida teenager who authorities say was obsessed with the shooting and may have been planning an attack in Colorado just ahead of the 20th anniversary was found dead in an apparent suicide.


The district also released an online survey to assess community support for a ballot measure earmarking $60 million to $70 million for a Columbine construction project. Preliminary ideas include preserving the library built after the 1999 shooting and incorporating it into a new school building.

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