Stephen Cahill Furlong (23 August 1992 / Holles Street, Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
What was meant to be an ordinary day became zero day,
It had all occurred on the date of 4-20-99.
A tragedy befell many young and innocent people,
Many trapped within the high school of Columbine.
Two boys took out their brutality on their school
Just days before their own graduation.
They did this not out of fun or games or ransom,
But apparently to gain some final retaliation.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were very bright students
And members of the Trench Coat Mafia gang.
But they were two outcasts who hated jocks mostly,
And with their firearms came in with Bang, Bang, Bang!
A dark day for all Colorado school-goers,
But not as dark as for those who came out dead.
They were twelve students and one athletics teacher,
And more than twenty injured with skin struck by lead.
Forget not those who lost out on a future,
Especially those who wanted to make a difference,
Like Rachel Scott and Cassie Bernall,
Whose goal in life was to make world peace commence.
The culprits of the entire massacre however
Must be remembered as victims also,
Especially Klebold who, under control of Harris,
Was guided in the end to let his life go.
One of the most notorious high school shootings
Will never be forgotten, but let that be a sign
That gun-control laws must be improved
So as we never have yet another 4-20-99.
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