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Columbine Victim Is Homecoming King

September 25, 1999

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) _ The boy in the window during the Columbine High School massacre has become a king.

Pat Ireland, whose perilous escape from last spring’s deadly attack was nationally televised, was elected the school’s 1999 homecoming king Friday.

Ireland, 18, was shot in the head and right foot during the attack in which 14 students and a teacher died, but managed to pull himself across the library floor and tumble out a second-story window to SWAT team members.

``He’s a strong kid, an inspiration for all of us,″ said Mike Sheehan, Columbine’s student body president and a finalist for homecoming king.

Ireland still has some paralysis on his right side. He takes three classes each morning and then undergoes three hours of therapy.

Another survivor, Richard Castaldo, still uses a wheelchair but played drum with the Columbine band at halftime Friday.

Columbine won the homecoming game 31-3 over Eaglecrest.

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