What happened after the bullets stopped flying and shooters were dead? Officials had to examine the evidence. The damages to the school needed repair. Healing was supposed to happen but for a lot of the people involved in the tragic shooting at Columbine, healing hasn't been an easy road--or a fast one. Some individuals have gone on to turn a tragedy into personal triumph while others never were able to put back together the fragments of their shattered lives.
Along with physical recovery for the victims came the official investigations and, sadly, the obligatory lawsuits. In the modern age, due process is the only recourse we have in the United States; the only legal revenge. The county was sued, the law enforcement agencies were sued, the parents of the shooters were sued. Charity organizations, major corporations, retail outlets, and more were all sued. Lawsuits can't resurrect the dead, though, and no amount of money can undo what happened that fateful April morning. For some families it simply meant they could afford to bury their dead loved ones.
Each year that has passed since the events of April 20, 1999, there have been new developments, new chapters in the collective stories of Columbine's survivors. Below you can find photo galleries and information featuring key events that have gone on in the months and years that have followed the shootings at Columbine High. The pages are set up in chronological bullet-point fashion for ease of keeping track of what happened when.