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Columbine Yearbook Honors Victims

May 11, 1999

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) _ This year’s Columbine High School yearbook features a special section honoring the victims of the massacre at the school.

Columbine students began picking up their yearbooks Monday. The yearbook shows the senior pictures of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who killed 12 classmates and a teacher inside the school April 20 before taking their own lives. It also has a special insert remembering the slain students and teacher.

Senior Megan Fasano was among the students who picked up a yearbook Monday night. She and her friends gave the book a quick glance to see the photos of Harris and Klebold.

``It’s hard to see Dylan’s and Eric’s face,″ Ms. Fasano said.

Another senior, Lesley Pech, objected to the photos of Harris and Klebold.

``I don’t think they should have their photos in the yearbook,″ she said. ``They look happy and innocent, but it’s them who ruined everything.″

Terra Oglesbee, a senior who had classes with Harris, said every student deserved a photo.

``They were students. They were people too,″ she said.

Although Harris and Klebold will forever be remembered for the massacre, they were also classmates _ and that was all that mattered to the school’s yearbook club. The club had the option of stopping publication of the yearbook after the rampage, but opted to go ahead.

The yearbook, featuring a solid red cover, was essentially completed in February. The club added one insert with pictures of the prom, sports events and other activities that took place since February and another for those killed in the rampage.

``The staff didn’t want to start all over,″ said Eric Friesen, an English teacher and yearbook director at Columbine.

Friesen said he expects about 90 percent of Columbine’s 1,900 students to buy this year’s book, about the same percentage as in previous years. For some of those students, seeing pictures of their slain friends will be bittersweet.

``It feels different and weird to look at a yearbook now,″ Ms. Fasano said.

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