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William "Dave" Sanders Warning Students

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Where:
Jefferson County, Colorado
When:
1999-04-20
Summary:
Teacher Dave Sanders sacrificed his life to corrale students out of the cafeteria during the Columbine school shooting in 1999.

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William "Dave" Sanders Warning Students



  Where:
Jefferson County, Colorado

  When:
1999-04-20

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The tragedy that is school shootings have sadly been a part of the United States since before it even became a country, as the first documented one came in Greencastle, Pennsylvania back in 1764. There would be many more as the 19th and 20th centuries rolled around, but death counts were very low, with only a handful of mass shootings that hardly made national news.

That would change on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in the small town of Littleton, Colorado. Littleton has a population of just around 40,000, and only a short drive to the capital of Denver. It seemed like a normal town where nothing newsworthy ever happened, and a lot of people liked it that way. But on that date, there was news coverage around the clock.

Two seniors, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, had been planning to attack students and faculty at their high school for an extended period of time. They acquired firearms and had nearly 100 homemade bombs. Throughout the day, they terrorized the school and took the lives of 12 students and one teacher, while also injuring 21 more people.

The man that you see in the photo is not Harris or Klebold, but rather someone that sacrificed his own life to try and help students. His name is Dave Sanders, the one teacher who was killed in the attacks when he realized that what he thought was a prank was an assault. Sanders stuck around in the cafeteria to usher frightened students to safety on the second level and he wasn’t going to back down until he could help as many people as possible.

Sanders was with one other student when the shooters finally encountered them, and they opened fire. The student was able to get away and into a classroom to warn other students about what was happening in the hallways, while Sanders had been shot twice. Even after being shot, Sanders tried to crawl his way to safety, and was eventually found by a teacher that brought him into a classroom.

Two students tried to help Sanders by giving him first aid for a total of three hours, and a sign was placed on the door to alert first responders that he was in need of immediate aid. Sadly, when the SWAT members arrived on the scene, Sanders had already succumbed to his injuries. It was the source of much controversy as police didn’t allow paramedics into the school to help Sanders, causing his family to sue the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department where they settled for $1.5 million.

Trouble was still ongoing while Sanders was still in the classroom for a short period more as the two perpetrators entered the library and opened fire. A little after 12:00 p.m. local time, the two returned to the library where the injured students had been evacuated, and both had taken their own lives. Shortly afterward, police officers entered the school to make sure the coast was clear, and it wasn’t until 3:30 p.m. that they found that the two shooters had died.

Bomb squads would then survey the area and the next day said that it was finally clear for officials to enter and investigate. That didn’t mean that the news was done covering the event, as it remained a part of the news cycle for weeks and months on end. It took until May 3 until students returned to school, and they had to be shielded from media members that were looking for interviews.

The effects of the Columbine High School shooting are still being felt today as school shootings are always at the forefront of schools. There were a lot of questions that people had regarding the shooting, including what caused Harris and Klebold to launch such a ruthless attack, how to respond to school shootings and what could be done to prevent them in the future. Sadly, many of these questions have gone unanswered to this day.

It wasn’t just Harris and Klebold that were charged in the shootings, either, as four others were at least questioned by police about the incident. Chris Morris was a friend of the shooters, and he was detained after the shooting and then later released. Philip Duran was a co-worker of the shooters, and he introduced them to Mark Manes, who sold them a TEC-DC9 handgun. Both were sentenced to prison.

The final one was Robyn Anderson, who bought a pair of shotguns and a 9mm rifle for the shooters, but she wasn’t charged with any crime. Her claim was that she wasn’t aware of what Harris and Klebold had for the guns that she purchased them. The aftermath is still ongoing and a lot is still left to figure out, but it was one of the most talked about moments in American history.

The best thing to do is to remember the names of the victims and the heroes of events like this, including Dave Sanders and Aaron Hancey, the student who tried for several hours to revive him. Even though he couldn’t help Sanders recover from his injuries, Hancey still showed a lot of bravery on that tragic morning and afternoon.

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