10 years on, Columbine principal still on the job

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Littleton, Colo. (AP) - Ten years after two students killed 13 people and wounded 23 others, Columbine High School Principal Frank DeAngelis is still at his desk -- and says he can't imagine being anywhere else.

DeAngelis was in his office the morning of April 20, 1999, when his secretary told him someone was shooting. He ran to the hallway and gunshots whizzed by, shattering glass behind him.

He shepherded a group of about 20 students to safety that day, and survived with no physical injuries. But he has a list of other, invisible wounds: anxiety attacks so severe they felt like heart attacks; guilt that he survived but that his good friend, teacher Dave Sanders, died; and the end of his 17-year marriage.

But DeAngelis fulfilled a promise to stay until that year's freshman class graduated.

He now plans to stay at least until students who were in kindergarten at the time graduate -- in 2011.
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