Frank DeAngelis, the principal at Columbine High School in Denver has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2013 school year. DeAngelis spent 34 years at the school, moving from being a social studies teacher to administrator. After the April 20, 1999 shooting at the school, DeAngelis promised the 9th grade class that he would not leave until they graduated. Going beyond that promise, the principal actually stayed to see students who were in kindergarten at the time of the shooting graduate. DeAngelis has been open about the impact the shooting took on his personal life. His marriage fell apart and he suffered some ill health effects. He says he is healthier and very positive now. He said the name “Columbine” will always be associated with the tragic shootings, but he hopes people will also remember the victims and the lessons they left behind. DeAngelis added, “Hopefully that’ll be inspiration for others to know it doesn’t matter how much tragedy enters your life, there’s hope for a brighter future.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Long-time Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis announces retirement, http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/long-time-columbine-high-school-principal-frank-deangelis-announces-retirement, Accessed August 13, 2013.
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