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On April 20, 1999, 13 families in Littleton, Colorado, lost their loved ones in the shootings at Columbine High School. Brian Rohrbough's 15-year-old son, Daniel, was among those who were killed. Since then, Brian has been fighting to make public the home videos taped by the Columbine killers.

Brian, who has viewed the materials, believes that the release of these videotapes might have helped prevent the shootings at Virginia Tech. "In these videos, [the Columbine killers] told us what they were going to do, when they were going to do it, how they were going to do it, and most importantly, why they were going to do it," Brian says. "The videos cover a span of about 18 months, and they give insight to the real killers."

Despite fears of the glorification of the shooters and copycat killings, Brian says releasing the videos could give experts valuable information to understand them better. "I think letting the experts see all of this information, make their assessments, and then making it all available to the public would stop [more shootings from happening]," he says.
FROM: The Virginia Tech Videotape Controversy
Published on January 01, 2006