THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
STATEMENT BY THE VICE PRESIDENT ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE SHOOTING AT COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL One year ago today, America was stunned beyond comprehension by the
shootings at Columbine High School. One young boy lost his life because of the color of his skin, and another boy was shot in the back as he rushed to help a girl bleeding on the curb. We saw horror and heroism.
Today, we still search for some meaning behind these tragedies. But as I said at Columbine just days after the shootings, we must all change our lives to honor these children. Every one of us is responsible for the culture we raise our children in. I promised the parents at Columbine that I would do everything I could to prevent that kind of tragedy from happening again. That means we must not only change our lives -- we must change our laws, and we must all take greater responsibility for stopping the violence, in our schools and across America.
As you in Littleton, Colorado gather to remember those who lost their lives and suffered from this tragedy -- know that you are not alone -- for the heart of America aches with you. We hold your agony in the center of our prayers. The young killers of Columbine do not stand for the spirit of America. This country is a decent place and the goodness of this community has helped show that goodness to the world.
Tipper and I offer our prayers and wishes to the families of Columbine as they continue to heal.