Taking Back the School

Even as students prepare to return, Columbine High has become a somber tourist attraction

Steve Maples and his church youth group from Springfield, Mo., traipsed across the wet lawn of Columbine High School one evening last week. They peered into windows, stroking the metal siding and running their hands along the taupe brick walls. "Seeing the school puts a realization that it really happened," said Maples. "When I looked into the cafeteria, I could see the pain that those kids must have gone through."

Maples and his two vanloads of kids were hardly alone. Since the April 20 massacre, sightseers and sympathizers have streamed to the Denver suburb of Littleton, turning Columbine into a...

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