Swastikas Found Etched At Columbine High School

Reuters, August 17, 1999

LITTLETON, Colo. (Reuters) via NewsEdge Corporation - Officials were investigating Tuesday who etched three swastikas at Columbine High School the day students returned to classes for the first time since a shooting massacre four months ago.

"We will discipline any student found defacing school property to the fullest extent possible under (school) district policy,'' Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis said in a statement.

Two swastikas were drawn on a girls' bathroom outside the counseling office and another was etched on a retaining wall at the school's entrance. They were immediately erased.

"I am disappointed that my message of tolerance and respect that was part of Monday's 'take back our school' rally was lost on whoever may have etched the swastikas outside and inside the building,'' DeAngelis said.

Monday DeAngelis told students at a rally held before classes started that the school would have "zero tolerance for cruelty, harassment, excessive hazing, discrimination, violence and intimidation.''

On April 20 two teenage gunmen shot 12 fellow students and a teacher at the school before turning the guns on themselves.

The two gunmen, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, were believed to have decided to attack because they felt they were outcasts and were made fun of by other students.

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