A term that commonly refers to a deadly school shooting in 1999 at the eponymous high school in the unincorporated area of Columbine (NOT Littleton), Colorado. The attack was carried out by gunman Eric Harris (18) and Dylan Klebold (17). Though common misconceptions point to cultural influences like Marylin Manson, DOOM and gothic subculture and the effect of school bullying, Dave Cullen's extraordinary expose of the tragedy dispels many of these myths.

To put it briefly, Eric was a psychopath who was obsessed with violence and formulated the attack, which was to be a bombing, for years. He fantasized about numerous, high-scale attacks, strived to outdo any previous instance of American domestic terrorism with hundreds of fatalities, and kept a detailed journal of every little facet of their plan. It was his idea. It could be said that Eric almost singlehandedly carried out the attacks. He was sadistic, without empathy and saw everyone as inferior.
Dylan was a depressive tagalong who simply wanted a way out of life. He looked to Eric for approval for everything. He was good at heart and almost chickened out more than once. He wrote about love and crushes in his journal and simply saw himself as a failure. He put very little toward the attacks.
Columbine was a tragedy heavily reported at the turn of the millennium, but so many were misinformed. Dave Cullen's Columbine is a modern marvel and everyone should read it before claiming to know everything about the massacre.
by omnomon September 11, 2012
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The high school in Denver, Colorado, where two social outcasts, who were utterly and wholesomely sick of their bullying by the Cool Jocks and similar, went on a murderous rampage. Not that this was justified, but one can see why they did it - it wasn't Marilyn Manson, it wasn't The Matrix, it wasn't Neo-Nazism, and it wasn't Quake. IT WAS SOCIAL CONDITIONING. They had been led to believe by those at the school that their lives were worthless, so they thought, "Mise well take a few down on our way out!".

Of course, these two individuals are dead now, so we can't question them as to their real motives.
by KHD June 11, 2003
A scapegoat for people to blame metal bands like Marilyn Manson and Rammstein for our problems with violence. It also blamed neo-nazism, action movies like the Matrix, great TV shows like South Park , and those very fun violent video games. I mean it is a sad story that there were all of those casualties, but it doesn't hide the fact that preps and jocks are the ones who just pick on the ones who are different from them, and in time it shows that mean people are the true reason. I listen to sick music all the time, I watch South Park every night, I've seen some real bloody action movies in my time, and played Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne and it's never promoted me to kill. The only thing that sets students off are greedy principles that try to control your every movement, students that make everyone feel bad, and WAL-MART. (damn walmart and all of their secret ploys to take over your mind.)
The senators and governers can do all they want like taking away music, tv shows, games, and movies, but that isn't going to solve anything. So pull your head out of your asses and finally relize that people are the things that piss people off! Everyone should also watch Bowling For Columbine, Micheal Moore is a genius!
by awex January 05, 2004
Where some of my best friends died.
April 20, 1999 at Columbine was the worst day of my life
by Stephanie. November 03, 2005
what happens when assholes treat people like shit. sadly enough the world hasn't learned a damn thing from this and most likely never will.
columbine was the result of two kids who were reduced to nothing on a daily basis.
by john gallione February 13, 2007
1. A beautiful flower. Also the state flower of Colorado (even before the incident)
2. One of the most tragic of attacks the nation has ever seen. On 20 April 1999 Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris entered their high school in Littleton, Colorado and murdered 13 people - 12 students and a teacher, before taking their own lives. Blame whomever you want, but they were the ones to pull the triggers and set up the bombs. Sadly, few really learned the lesson outside of Littleton.
Show some respect people, this was the most horrific of events and some of you just laugh it off. I'm disgusted.
by 'rado May 13, 2005
A field day for the press to rag on about what modern entertainment is doing for our kids. See speculation. In the end, only retards believe their lies. Or maybe just there are too many people like me whining about their lies for even retards not to notice.

Moral is "Do unto others"
If you're a jock, make sure the kids you pick on are too retarded to know how to work a gun.
by Gumba Gumba February 21, 2004
Something Marilyn Manson shouldn't be blamed for.
Idiot: Marilyn Manson started the Columbine massacre!
Me: Eric and Dylan didn't even like Manson.
by Duayna September 12, 2007
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