Earlier shootings were not covered live in the way that Columbine was. The media circus began shortly after the massacre began.
The national TV networks began covering the shooting a few minutes before Eric and Dylan killed themselves. They stayed on the air for hours. All afternoon long on the 20th, folks all over America were glued to their TV sets, wondering how it would end. (I know I was.)
These videos give you an idea of the kind of footage that was shown live on TV. We did not know that the shooting had stopped and that Eric and Dylan had been dead for hours. The police were saying that they were barricaded in the library.
In these videos, you can see Daniel and Rachel's dead bodies, so be warned:
Having it unfold on live TV drew us in. Then we were shocked to hear that that the death toll was 25:[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
(It was not until the next day that we learned that Eric and Dylan had killed "only" 13.)
Then we started hearing about the Trenchcoat Mafia, the Nazi salutes, "She said 'yes,'" and all of the other bullshit that was peddled as truth. It kept the story on the front pages for weeks.
All throughout 1999, every time Columbine started to drift out of public view, something brought it back out into the open - like the basement tapes:[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Why does anyone do anything?