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April 20, 1999 was a sunny day in the quiet suburb of Littleton, Colorado. It was three days after prom, and the students at Columbine High School were shaking off the revelry and eager to wind down their last few weeks of school before summer.
But two students, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, had different plans. That day they put into motion, what would be, at the time - one of the worst massacres in the U.S. that left 12 students and one teacher dead, and 21 wounded.
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Twenty years on, the survivors, many of them now in their 30s with children of their own, have become a force for healing and a symbol of the indomitable human spirit. Former Principal Frank DeAngelis, who was head of the school from 1996 to 2014, has penned a recent memoir, 'They Call Me Mr. De,' about his experience from the minute unspeakable tragedy ripped through the lives of his students and staff to his long process of recovery.
For the last two decades without fail, Frank DeAngelis wakes up every morning and recites the names of his '13 beloved.' The 12 students and one teacher that were killed in the Columbine High School mass shooting: Rachel Scott, Isaiah Schoels, Cassie Bernall, Matt Kechter, Kyle Velasquez, Steven Curnow, Corey DePooter, Kelly Flemming, Daniel Mauser, Lauren Townsend, Danny Rohrbough, John Tomlin and Coach Dave Sanders.
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'It never goes back to normal,' DeAngelis told to DailyMail.com. 'We had to redefine what normal is.'
The rampage lasted 45 minutes, but the physical and emotional scars it left behind on survivors and family members of the victims is permanent. On the 20 year anniversary, DeAngelis wants to celebrate the lives of those lost and lessons they learned through the painful healing process that he said, 'never ends.'
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