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Columbine Survivors Share Their Stories

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On April 20, 1999, the United States witnessed one of its most devastating school shootings at Columbine High School. Where are the survivors now? Discover the remarkable journeys and current lives of those who endured one of America's most devastating school shootings.

Zach Cartaya: Advocate for Mental Health and Community Connection

Zach Cartaya, a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, has since become actively involved in The Rebels Project, a support group formed by Columbine survivors. This involvement appears to be a significant part of his life after the tragedy, emphasizing the importance of connecting with others who have experienced similar traumatic events.


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Additionally, Zach shared his personal experiences and struggles with mental health with survivors of the Parkland shooting. This more recent tragedy occurred on February 14, 2018, when a shooter killed 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, making it one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

Zach's commitment to helping others is highlighted by his willingness to connect with and support those from Parkland who faced similar traumatic experiences. His open discussion about seeking professional help and his journey in therapy underscores his role in advocating for mental health and supporting others in their healing processes.


Amy Over: Podcaster with a Message of Hope and Strength

Amy Over, a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, has dedicated herself to supporting others who have experienced mass trauma. She is also actively involved with The Rebels Project. Over also focuses on her mental health and works with a therapist specializing in the treatment of mass shooting survivors. Additionally, she hosts the "Confronting: Columbine" podcast.

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Connecting With Other Survivors

In a poignant session moderated by CNN's Brooke Baldwin at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, survivors from the Columbine and Parkland tragedies discussed their experiences. They highlighted the importance of professional mental help, with most seeking therapy to navigate their lifelong journey of recovery.


Despite the darkness, there's a message of hope. Amy Over, reassures the Parkland students that though the journey is long, discovering coping mechanisms and embracing one's truth can light the way.

The Columbine and Parkland survivors continue their fight against gun violence while supporting each other. Their stories are a testament to the enduring human spirit in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

References: 20 years on Columbine survivors tell Parkland students: We’re sorry we couldn’t stop it | Columbine survivor Amy Over will share recovery story at UNK event

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