As protests in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer turn to “defunding” police departments and then to removing police presence from schools, we would do well to remember a few names:
• Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. The heavily armed seniors killed a dozen students and a teacher at Columbine High in Colorado in 1999. Another 21 were injured by gunfire. The pair committed suicide in the school library.
• Nikolas Cruz. The 19-year-old former student was dropped off at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida., in 2018. Armed with a semi-automatic rifle, he killed 17 and injured 17 others. He fled, was ultimately arrested, and was charged with 17 counts of murder.
• William Atchison. The 21-year-old former student walked into Aztec High in 2017 with a 9 mm Glock. He killed two students and took his own life as police closed in.