Two sisters who survived Columbine High School massacre describe overcoming trauma 20 years later

Mail Online | 4/20/1999 | Ruth Styles;Khaleda Rahman For
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Two sisters who survived the Columbine High School massacre have told how they were forced to step over the bodies of their dead classmates to escape.

Laura Hall, then a 14-year-old freshman, was having lunch in the cafeteria when two teenage gunmen attacked Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999.

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Her 16-year-old sister Sarah Bush had been in math class when she heard an explosion and fled the school.

But she had to wait hours before knowing her younger sister had made it out alive. Laura ended up barricaded in a small choir office with dozens of other students for more than four hours before a SWAT team came to free them.

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By then, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had killed 12 students and a teacher and had taken their own lives - making Columbine the deadliest school shooting in US history at the time.

Now, on the 20th anniversary of the killing, Laura, 34, and Sarah, 35, who both live in Eagle Mountain, Utah, have told how the massacre changed their lives forever – but said they are proud of how far they've come, despite the trauma.

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Sarah said she was taking a math test, so her classroom was absolutely silent. 'Just a few minutes into it, we heard an explosion and it was big.

'It was a big, deep boom and it shook the floor a little bit,' she said. 'A couple of minutes later, the baseball coach for our school came running through the hall and he was opening doors and yelling.

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'He opened our door and said, 'You guys need to get out now. Somebody's shooting.'

She made it to a soccer field opposite the school and watched as a SWAT team showed up. Later, she and a group of friends ended up in a stranger's home – watching the...
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