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Columbine High School


1999 -2001


This collection consists of records concerning the Clinton Administration’s response to the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. Over the course of several hours two heavily-armed students killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded 23 others before taking their own lives. The records include agendas, articles, cables, emails, letters, memos, press releases, public statements, schedules, speeches, and transcripts. The subject matter includes the Administration’s first responses and follow up, both in policy and strategy; recommended phone calls to victims’ families and local government officials; and speech texts for President Clinton, Mrs. Clinton, Vice President Gore, Education Secretary Richard Riley, and Attorney General Janet Reno. Reaction to the massacre also resulted in a higher emphasis on dealing with the issues of school violence and weapons legislation to include several high-profile conferences on youth violence.


White House Office of Records Management, Office of Cabinet Affairs, Office of Communications, Office of the Counsel to the President, Domestic Policy Council, First Lady’s Office, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Public Liaison, Office of Speechwriting, Automated Records Management System, Tape Restoration Project, National Security Council, Office of Legislative Affairs, President's Initiative for One America


162 folders in 10 boxes




Clinton Presidential Records: White House Office of Records Managment | Clinton Presidential Records: White House Staff and Office Files | Clinton Presidential Records: Automated Records Management System | Clinton Presidential Records: Tape Restoration Project | Clinton Presidential Records: NSC Cable, Email, and Records Management System


William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

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