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Columbine: Fact Vs. Fiction

April 20, 2000

In the months after the Columbine High attack, investigators determined some early reports were inaccurate. A look at the facts and the fiction:

THIRD GUNMAN: Some students told police they saw a third gunman. Investigators now say there is no evidence a third person was involved.

TRENCH COAT MAFIA: Some of those who knew the killers said they were members of the Trench Coat Mafia, a group of students who joined a clique to defend themselves from athletes. Investigators say they determined Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris did not belong to the loosely knit group.

SPECIAL TARGETS: An early report said Harris and Klebold wanted to kill athletes, Christians and blacks. Investigators now say Klebold and Harris claimed to hate everyone and did not target any specific groups.

WHO SAID YES: Early witness statements indicated one gunman asked Cassie Bernall if she believed in God. When the teen-ager replied yes, she was killed. Investigators now say witnesses and an examination of the area indicate Valeen Schnurr, who was wounded, made the declaration.

BOMBS: Initial but unconfirmed reports said the teens had spread explosive devices around the school days before the attack. Investigators now believe the teens brought all the gear in on the day of the bloodbath.

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