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‘My heart goes out to the families involved. ... No parents should have to endure the grief that comes with these episodes.’ — state Attorney General Bill Lockyer
Gunman’s journal reveals terror plot
Two died of asphyxiation ——————————————————
Bodies were buried near home of Rex Krebs
Neighborhood rampage, jet hijacking among pair’s other plans
San Luis Obispo ————————— By Mike Stover
By Robert Weller
confirmed Monday that Police Aundria Crawford and Rachel
LITTLETON, Colo. — The two students who carried out the attack at Columbine High dreamed of an even bigger bloodbath, plotting to kill hundreds of neighbors, then hijack a plane and crash it into New York City, investigators said Monday. Authorities also questioned an 18-year-old girlfriend of Dylan Klebold about whether she bought two of the guns used in the rampage. A diary kept by gunman Eric Harris described his and Klebold’s plans for continuing their murderous rampage through the school’s neighborhood, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Davis said. “They wanted to kill 500 people, hijack a plane and take it to New York City,” Davis said. He speculated that they chose New York because of the high population density. He credited the quick response of sheriff’s deputies with keeping the gunmen confined to the school. “Perhaps some major, major catastrophes were averted,” Davis said. On NBC’s “Today” show, District Attorney Dave Thomas said of the plot to attack New York: “I suppose when you first hear it, you think that it’s some horrible fantasy. But we now know that at least the first por tion of those planned activities were, in fact, carried out.” Meanwhile, funerals were held Monday for the teacher and three of the students slain. Please see SCHOOL, Back Page
MORE COVERAGE ON A6 • Poll: The tragedy could happen anywhere, teens say. • Funeral: Hundreds turn out to honor heroic teacher.
Newhouse died of asphyxiation and were buried in graves near the home of convicted rapist Rex Allan Krebs. Several sources have told The Tribune that Krebs confessed. That, coupled with directions to the bodies, set in motion a blizzard of police work that led to the announcement late Saturday afternoon that the remains of both women had been found. Saturday morning the convicted rapist told The Fresno Bee that he is a “monster” who should be put to death. Krebs’ parole agent, David Zaragoza, noticed property belonging to one of the women inside Krebs’ house during a surprise inspection on March 19. He also found a BB pistol and evidence of alcohol, both parole violations. Krebs was jailed on those TRIBUNE PHOTOS BY JAYSON MELLOM
Flowers woven into the structure of the Jennifer Street Bridge sit as a sad reminder of the events that apparently happened there. Police believe Rachel Newhouse was attacked somewhere nearby. Her blood was found on the bridge.
— A note attached to flowers left on the Jennifer Street Bridge Among the flowers and remembrances left to Aundria Crawford on the doorstep of her Branch Street apartment and to Rachel Newhouse on the Jennifer Street Bridge were several that included notes from residents touched by the tragedy.
Aundria, I didn’t know you, but I miss you. I wish someone could have been there to help you. May your soul rest in peace. — Julie ... Maybe someday I will see you. I will see
Red Cross official visits soldiers
Yugoslavia allowed the head of the Red Cross to meet for the first time Monday with three American soldiers captured along the Macedonian border last month, as a prominent Yugoslav official said the Serb-led government must be prepared to accept foreign peacekeepers in Kosovo, even if they include NATO troops. For the story, see Page A3
Officer: ‘Bad people do bad things’
‘All of San Luis Obispo loves you and will always remember you.’
Aundria and Rachel, I don’t know where to start. You both have been in my thoughts for many hours over the last few months. I will always remember what happened and maintain a better outlook for those around me than I have done in the past. Your deaths are not in vain. ... — Jim
Officials frustrated by failure of system
your smiling face and hear your laughter where you laugh as a child and run gracefully and never get tired, and that day what was taken from you and stolen from us will be returned. ... — excerpt from a poem titled “Lost” taped to the Jennifer Street Bridge.
San Luis Obispo ————————— By David Sneed
All my prayers to the friends and family of Rachel Newhouse. Our hearts are breaking for you. — Kim Hansen Though we did not know you, you are everyone’s daughter or granddaughter or sis-
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Rachel Newhouse ter. You will always be remembered. God bless you and your family. — A note left on Aundria’s porch
Bouquets of flowers decorate the shaded doorstep of Aundria Crawford’s Branch Street apartment Monday in San Luis Obispo.
When Rex Allan Krebs was sentenced in 1987 for rape, then-county Superior Court Judge William Fredman encouraged him to get into as many treatment programs as possible to avoid becoming a repeat offender. “And if you get into that program, I think it will assure you that, when you get out, you won’t be going into the community and committing same kind of offense again and spend the rest of your life in an Please see KREBS, A5
High court to decide whether FDA can regulate tobacco By David G. Savage Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear the Clinton administration’s claim that the federal government has the power to regulate tobacco as a drug and, if necessar y, to ban the sale of cigarettes. A ruling on the issue, due ear-
ly next year, could shape the future of the tobacco industry. The industr y’s lawyers have said that a court ruling putting tobacco under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration would likely result in the banning of tobacco. Or, industry officials warn, federal regulators could demand that cigarette makers remove
much of the nicotine from their products. If so, the addictive appeal of cigarettes would go down, and so would sales. The cour t also announced Monday it will decide one of the oldest, unresolved questions of civil rights law: Is it illegal to discriminate against someone because he or she is not an American citizen?
Just after the Civil War, the Reconstruction Congress passed the nation’s first civil rights act and gave “all persons within the jurisdiction of United States” the same rights as “white citizens.” Ever since, some courts have read this to mean employers and public agencies may not discriminate against legal residents simply because they are not U.S. citizens.
Both cases are likely to come up before the court in November. President Clinton said he was pleased by the court’s move to take up the government’s appeal in the tobacco case, a first step toward reviving the administration’s crackdown on teen smoking. “Every day, 3,000 young people See TOBACCO, Back Page
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Crawford’s family says thanks to community, police San Luis Obispo ————————— By Jeff Ballinger The Tribune
The families of Rachel Newhouse and Aundria Crawford did not attend Monday’s news conference, but Crawford’s mother released a statement thanking authorities and the community. “We, the family of Aundria Crawford,
wish to thank everyone for the prayers, cards, letters, phone calls, donations and generosity shown to us during this difficult time,” Gail Eberhart wrote. “We also wish to thank everyone at the San Luis Obispo Police Department and other law enforcement organizations for their professionalism and caring. Special thanks goes out to Investigators Cindy Dunn and Jerome Tushbant and Lt. Tony Costa of San Luis Obispo Police Depart-
ment and Bill Hanley, investigator, San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office. “Thank you also to the communities of Fresno and San Luis Obispo for your support and generosity. There are so many people who have been with us from the beginning who made it possible for us to stay here for the last six weeks. You will be in our hearts forever.” Newhouse’s parents, Phil and Montel Newhouse, remained in the area but were
unavailable Monday. Had the families attended the news conference, they would have heard some heartfelt words from investigators. San Luis Obispo Police Chief Jim Gardiner said he was speaking for ever yone involved with the investigation when he expressed sympathy for both families. “We share the grief felt by the families, the friends, and by this community,” he
said. State Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Frank Iarossi, super vising senior agent of the FBI’s Santa Maria office, echoed those comments. “No parent should have to endure this kind of grief that comes with these episodes,” Lockyer said. “Our prayers and our deepest sympathies go out to the families of Rachel and Aundria,” Iarossi said.
Colleges plan tributes to Newhouse, Crawford
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Cuesta College lowered its flags to half-mast Monday in memory of Aundria Crawford. The school will hold a remembrance service at 11 a.m. today in the courtyard of the student center.
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violations March 20. San Luis Obispo Police Chief Jim Gardiner said it may be a week or two before Krebs is charged. Gardiner said he will recommend the District Attorney’s Office file murder, kidnapping and other undisclosed charges. If murder charges are filed, District Attorney Gerald Shea will have to decide whether to seek the death penalty. Shea could not be reached for comment. Gardiner pulled together most of the key players in the investigation for a press conference Monday morning. The entire San Luis Obispo City Council attended as did state Attorney General Bill Lockyer. Gardiner described the investigation as the most intensive in city histor y but would not disclose when Krebs became a suspect. The inspection that led to his return to jail occurred more than four months after Newhouse disappeared. He also would not discuss why police waited until late last week to begin digging around Krebs’ house if they had found property belonging to one of the women in his house March 19. Krebs lived in a rented home in Davis Canyon, north of Avila Beach. Gardiner said he didn’t want to jeopardize prosecution of the case by disclosing too many specifics. He offered no additional information about how the women died, how Krebs came into contact with them or whether they were sexually assaulted. He did say Krebs acted alone and that he is not suspected in any other crimes. Frank Iarossi, who supervises the FBI’s office in Santa Maria, added that agency profilers from the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime assisted on the case. Saturday’s announcement confirming the deaths of the two 20year-old students has been an emotional release for many in the city and has allowed the grieving to begin. More than a dozen bouquets of roses, tulips and other flowers had been left on the porch of Aundria Crawford’s Branch Street apartment Monday afternoon. “I didn’t know you, but I miss you,” one note read. “I wish someone could have been there to help you.” Cuesta College student Eric Brown lives across the street and walked over to pay his respects. He remembers seeing Crawford a couple of times but said he never met her. He has tried not to read news stories about the case since his neighbor disappeared March 12 and has yet to see a picture of Krebs. “It’s a little too close to home for my personal space,” he
SLO COUNTY — Gatherings will be held at 11 a.m. today at both Cuesta College and Cal Poly to remember Aundria Crawford and Rachel Newhouse. The community event at Cal Poly will be held in Chumash Auditorium in the University Union. People who attend will have an oppor tunity to voice their concerns and feelings about the abduction and death of the two college students. Counselors will be available. The remembrance service at Cuesta will be in the courtyard of the student center. College President Grace Mitchell and student body President Valerie Geurtsen will speak. Flags at Cuesta will be flown at half staff this week, and a rose bush will be planted in Crawford’s honor later in the week. Cal Poly will hold a ecumenical memorial service for Newhouse on Thursday in Chumash Auditorium. The services coincide with the ninth annual Take Back the Night events at Cal Poly. The international event started in Germany in 1973 to protest violence against women. Katie Koestner, the founder of Campus Outreach Services, an organization committed to
battling sexual assault on college campuses, will be the keynote speaker at a Take Back the Night for um at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Chumash Auditorium. Koestner went public in the early 1990s about being raped by a fellow student at the College of William and Mar y in Williamsburg, Va. Following Koestner’s address, there will be an open microphone for people to comment or read poetry or short stories. The Women’s Shelter of San Luis Obispo, the Rape Crisis Center, the Violence Intervention Program, and the Cal Poly Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) will have informational booths. This year, the traditional Take Back the Night march will take place a day later. A silent candlelight march in honor of Newhouse, Crawford and Kristin Smar t through downtown and Farmers Market will begin at 8 p.m. in Mission Plaza. Marchers should meet at Mission Plaza at 7 p.m. Thursday. Candles will be provided. For more information on Take Back the Night, contact the Cal Poly Women’s Center at 7562600.
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State Attorney General Bill Lockyer, right, answers questions at Monday’s press conference while San Luis Obispo Police Chief Jim Gardiner looks on.
The crime team included, from left, sheriff’s Sgt. Peter Bayer; FBI Special Agent Vince Otto; SLOPD Detective Cindy Dunn; Larry Hobson of the District Attorney’s Office; Krebs’ parole agent David Zaragoza; SLOPD Detective Jerome Tushbant; and Rusty Reed of the State Department of Justice.
said. Flowers had also been placed on the Jennifer Street Bridge, where Rachel Newhouse’s blood was found. Investigators believe Newhouse walked on the bridge as she was on her way home the night of Nov. 12. Substitute teacher Lillian Lamb, who interrupted her walk to view the display, said Cuesta College and Cal Poly should warn young women about the 115 sex offenders living in San Luis Obispo before they agree to move here. “The girls come to this town. They ought to be told,” Lamb said. This morning remembrance services will be held on both col-
lege campuses at 11 a.m. During the press conference, Lockyer praised the teamwork that led to Krebs being identified as a suspect. “My heart goes out to the families involved,” he said. “These two young women had their lives taken. No parents should have to endure the grief that comes with these episodes.” Lockyer said the law that gives the public access to information about sex of fenders should be broadened. He noted that juvenile offenders are not included in the list. He said guidelines on how the information is disseminated could also be expanded. But he defend-
ed the current practice of letting local police agencies determine when to notify residents that sex offenders have moved into the neighborhood. Police now have the option of alerting neighbors about “high-risk” offenders. They are not allowed to notify neighbors about “serious offenders” such as Krebs. Krebs’ parole officer, Zaragoza, spoke briefly with reporters after the press conference. “I was very well aware of his history and his method of operation,” he said. When asked if he thought Krebs was capable of killing the two college students, he declined to comment.
institution,” Fredman said. But limited treatment options were available to Krebs in the prison system. Corrections officials said they could not discuss what treatment Krebs might have received while in prison but said psychiatric treatment for inmates in the general prison population is very limited. For example, at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo from which Krebs was paroled in 1997, prisoners who are diagnosed with specific mental illnesses receive treatment for such disorders as substance abuse, anger management and counseling on how to recognize symptoms of mental problems, said Steve Kephart, associate warden at CMC. The prison does not have a program for sex offenders, and all the treatment is general in nature. On Monday, a legion of state and local law enforcement and corrections officials, including Attorney General Bill Lockyer, were unable to explain what went wrong and how Krebs slipped through the cracks. Intense parole supervision is the best way to catch such offenders, Lockyer said. The system worked the way it was supposed to, but with 118,000 parolees in the state, he said, parole officers are stretched thin. Krebs’ parole officer, David Zaragoza, has 80 parolees to look after. Some officers have triple that number, Lockyer said. “We are talking about human behaviors that are not easy to predict and not always easy to catch,” Lockyer said. “The parole system and agents were helpful in solving this matter.” Zaragoza, who discovered evidence in Krebs’ home linking him to one of the missing women, was one of several investigators praised at Monday’s press conference for their efforts. When Krebs was convicted in 1987, prisoners were allowed to reduce their sentences by as much as half by accumulating work credits. That is what Krebs did. The law has since been changed and now prisoners can reduce only 20 percent of their sentences that way. “In other words, the law of the land back then was a day worked ... a day off sentence,” said Steve Schroeder, regional parole officer. “In today’s world, were he to commit that offense, he would be serving a substantially longer sentence.” Krebs was on parole for 19 months after getting out of
prison. During that time, he had 53 face-toface visits with his parole officer, which averages three contacts per month, and 18 of those were
home visits. He was tested for drugs 26 times and passed all the tests, although alcohol only stays in the system and is detectable for three hours, Schroeder said. Parole officers also conducted 35 interviews with such people as Krebs’ friends, neighbors and employers. This is more than the average amount of parole monitoring, Schroeder said. “For most of the time he was on parole, he was following the conditions of his parole,” Schroeder said. Krebs was picked up March 20 after a surprise inspection March 19 for violating his parole by possessing alcohol and a BB gun pistol. Like all parolees, Krebs was
‘It would be unrealistic to assume that patterns of behavior which were in existence prior to incarceration would be alleviated by a term in prison.’ — Steve Schroeder, regional parole officer
required to participate in an outpatient clinic, said Dan Hoy, district parole administrator in San Luis Obispo. As a sex offender, Krebs would have been required to meet with a psychiatrist and undergo specific therapy, including group sessions. The clinic also helps the parole officer identify problems and possible parole violations. “Mr. Krebs was fully compliant with his special condition of parole that he attend parole outpatient clinic,” Hoy said. In the end, police and corrections of ficials admit they are frustrated and heartbroken that the system failed to protect Rachel Newhouse and Aundria Crawford. Some people cannot be rehabilitated, Schroeder said. “Bad people do bad things, and, in this case, it was a tragic situation,” he said. “It would be unrealistic to assume that patterns of behavior which were in existence prior to incarceration would be alleviated by a term in prison.”
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‘All it takes is one unstable kid. And all we need now is for him to start doing a Colorado copycat thing.’ — Suzanne Keen, mother of an Oklahoma teen-ager
Littleton could happen anywhere, American teens agree ——————————————————
Four in 10 know students unstable enough to potentially kill, poll finds ——————————————————
By Hanna Rosin and Claudia Deane The Washington Post
American teen-agers beMany lieve a shooting rampage like
the one last week in Littleton, Colo., could happen at their school and think they know students who might be troubled enough to carry one out, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll of teen-agers and parents. The particular circumstances that in retrospect seem to have signaled trouble at Columbine High School — from disturbing behavior by some students to easy access to deadly weapons — are familiar to many of the teen-agers and adults who were polled.
About a third of the teen-agers have heard a student threaten to kill someone, and few of them reported the threats to a teacher or other adult. Four out of 10 say they know students troubled enough to be potential killers. A fifth of the teen-agers personally know someone who has brought a gun to school. About half are growing up in homes with guns, and more than half say it would be easy for them to lay their hands on one. Two in three say it would be easy for them to get information on how to make a bomb. While 40 percent of teen-agers think their school has the potential for an incident similar to the one that resulted in 15 deaths at
Columbine High, fear is by no means per vasive either among students or parents. Of the 500 public and private high school students and 522 parents who were inter viewed April 22-25, more than eight out of 10 said they feel relatively safe from school violence. The margin of error for the survey results is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. The simultaneous sense of security and fear is partly explained by the random and explosive nature of the series of recent school shootings that culminated in Littleton. Nationally, the number of students killed in violent incidents has not increased, staying at about 55 each year over the last decade. There are more than 50 million students and 80,000 schools across the country, and the vast number of them will never experience the kind of tragedy that hit Littleton last week.
But in the last few years, the scope of the targets has changed dramatically in a way that makes more people feel like potential victims, said Ronald Stephens of the National School Safety Center. “It used to be students would go after a specific person, an ex-girlfriend or someone who had disrespected them. But now the shooters are much more heartless and callous. It’s as though any one in any general category can become a victim, someone who is simply in the way.” Mary Guillot, a high school student in Louisiana, said it was hard to imagine a shooting at her school. “But I feel like it could happen, because anybody at school can get a weapon and carry out their crazy idea.” Several students who were interviewed had no trouble describing their classmates who at any moment might “flip,” as Nicka
The Littleton funerals: Teacher honored
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Tribute to a fallen hero
An unidentified student kneels Monday beside the casket of Columbine High School teacher Dave Sanders prior to the start of the teacher’s funeral in Littleton, Colo. About 2,700 students and friends turned out for the memorial.
Tribute to teacher begins another day of memorials ——————————————————
Los Angeles Times
Columbine students Lisa Cosgrove, left, Cortney Mohr and Liz Carlston sign a basketball Monday as a remembrance to a beloved teacher and coach.
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become regular smokers, and 1,000 will have their lives cut short as a result,” Clinton said. However, the legal issue does not turn on whether the federal crackdown is a wise policy, but instead whether Congress gave FDA regulators this power. Beginning in 1906, Congress passed a series of laws to protect consumers from adulterated foods and dangerous drugs. But Congress did not say tobacco was a dangerous drug subject to federal regulation. Neither did lawmakers explicitly shield
ITTLETON, Colo. — The teacher who put himself in the line of fire to save hundreds of students last week was remembered Monday as a man who died the way he lived, shielding teens and guiding them through a dangerous world. In a wrenching funeral attended 2,700 students and friends of Dave Sanders, the 47-yearold teacher was praised again and again by those whose lives he touched, and by those whose lives he saved. “The first thing I saw when all the shooting started was Mr. Sanders over by the door, and his face was so serious,” student Laurel Salerno said of Sanders, who taught typing and business and coached several sports teams. “Because of him, I ducked under the table, and I just want to thank him. Mr. Sanders, you saved my life.” On a day crowded with funerals — three more of the 13 Columbine High victims were buried Monday, including Cassie Bernall, who was killed after saying she believed in God — Sanders’ service was the first, and may have
cigarettes, however. In 1996, the White House and then-FDA Commissioner David Kessler boldly reversed the government’s long-standing, handsoff policy toward tobacco products. Newly disclosed industr y documents showed that tobacco companies “manipulate nicotine deliveries to provide pharmacologically active doses to consumers,” the agency explained. After asserting federal jurisdiction, the FDA announced some modest regulations intended to
Brown, who goes to school in East St. Louis, Ill., put it. In her school, it was the boy who taught himself Russian, roams the halls with a book on Hitler under his arms and told everyone the day after the Littleton shooting that he was going to blow up the school. The student was suspended the next day. Others interviewed mentioned groups of students in black trenchcoats, like the ones the killers in Colorado wore, or “weird” kids wearing black lipstick and dog collars who always looked depressed. One in five teen-agers polled said they knew students they considered neoNazis or skinheads. Some mentioned students who simply act strangely. Trisha Keen said that she and some fellow drama students were watching a news program about the Littleton shootings in between play rehearsals at a wealthy suburban school in
been the largest. The only teacher killed in the rampage, Sanders was shot twice but still managed to herd 200 students out of the smoke-filled cafeteria and then struggled to survive for more than three hours, waiting for SWAT teams to liberate the school. Students with him at the end said he spoke constantly about his family, saying: “Tell my daughters I love them.” Minutes after SWAT teams liberated Columbine, Sanders died in a police officer’s arms. The Rev. Bill Lower of the Trinity Christian Center, which sits on a hill overlooking the school, held out hope that Sanders’ bravery would help people remember the Columbine massacre for years. He recited several epochal moments in American history, when the call went forth to remember, from the Maine to the Alamo to Pearl Harbor. “We’ve forgotten too many things,” Lower said, nearly sobbing. “We’ve forgotten so many things that count. ... What’s wrong with us as a nation if we can’t say, ‘Remember Columbine!”
keep cigarettes from minors. All the states prohibit sales to minors. The disputed federal rules would go slightly further. For example, they would forbid the sale of cigarettes in vending machines, except those in adultsonly establishments. Retailers also would be required to check the photo identifications of young buyers before selling them cigarettes and would be subject to fines if they did not. The industry’s lawyers went to court contending Kessler and his
successors had exceeded their authority under the law. And in August, they won before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. That court’s 2-1 decision threw out the new federal rules and held that Congress did not intend to bring tobacco under the control of the FDA. In his appeal on behalf of the administration, U.S. Solicitor General Seth Waxman called the tobacco regulations “the most important public health and safety rulemaking that FDA has conducted in the past 50 years.”
Less than a half-mile from the school, 2,700 mourners at the Trinity Christian Center wiped tears as friends and family remembered William “Dave” Sanders, 47, who was shot twice in the chest as he shepherded students down a hallway to safety. “He was and always will be a hero in my hear t,” said his niece, Kim Sanders. Funerals also were held for Lauren Townsend, 18, the captain of the girls’ varsity volleyball team and a candidate for valedictorian; Daniel Rohrbough, 15, who was shot while holding an exit door open for fleeing students; and Cassie Bernall, 17, who became a born-again Christian two years ago. Witnesses have said that when one of the gunmen asked Bernall if she believed in God, she answered “Yes.” Then he shot her. Of the 23 people injured, 10 remained hospitalized Monday. The attack’s bold, bizarre nature led to early speculation that the gunmen might have been on drugs. But toxicology tests revealed no drugs or alcohol in their bodies, the county coroner’s office said. Investigators said they found no drugs at the teens’ homes. The pair also passed repeated drug and alcohol tests during the previous year as part of a probation program for a car burglary. Hurling bombs and blasting away with guns, Klebold, 17, and Harris, 18, killed 12 fellow students and a teacher, then shot themselves to death last Tuesday. The sheer firepower involved has led authorities to question whether others helped
southern Oklahoma. Just as the news cut to a scene of some grief stricken girls, a boy walked into the room and star ted yelling, “Those people deser ve to die. They deserve to die.” The screamer was familiar to Trisha; he had once slammed a door in her face and twice pushed her. And for a few months he had been pointing his index finger like a fake pistol at people’s heads and telling them he would shoot them. The drama students told the principal, who called the boy’s parents to come escort him from school. Afterward, the principal had security guards search everyone’s locker. Like most teen-agers, Trisha was relatively nonchalant about the incident. But her mother, Suzanne Keen, was more anxious. “All it takes is one unstable kid,” she said. “And all we need now is for him to start doing a Colorado copycat thing.”
plan or execute the attack. Thomas said investigators have questioned Robyn Anderson, who has been described as Klebold’s girlfriend, about whether she had bought two of the four guns Harris and Klebold used: a 9 mm carbine rifle and a TEC-DC9 semiautomatic pistol. Under law, a person must be 18 to buy rifles and shotguns from a dealer and 21 to buy a pistol. But the 18-year-old woman could have legally bought the semiautomatic pistol at a private sale, like a gun show. Thomas said the woman is considered a witness, not a suspect. “It is possible that at some future date her status could change from being a witness to something else,” Thomas said in an interview on MSNBC. Investigators have no other suspects, nor are they keeping anyone under surveillance, but they are working 220 separate leads in the case, sherif f’s spokesman Jim Parr said. At Columbine High, the main road past the school was reopened Monday, but it hardly signaled a return to normalcy. Teachers start work Tuesday, but they won’t be allowed back in to Columbine. They’ll be at nearby Chatfield High, which will also welcome Columbine students starting Thursday. “If they need anything and we can find it, we’ll get it for them,” Parr said. “But I think they’re going to be operating on a shoestring for a while.” Dogs and bomb-squad of ficers continued their slow progress through lockers and backpacks left behind by fleeing students. Investigators won’t finish collecting evidence at the school for two weeks, Davis said.