Columbine tragedy can happen anywhere, former principal tells Sudbury audience

''There is nothing I can do to bring my beloved 13 back to life, but I can make sure they didn’t die in vain'

Frank DeAngelis could not have seen what was coming on a sunny spring day in 1999.

“I loved what I was doing,” the former principal of Columbine High School told a Sudbury audience on Monday. “Ninety-four per cent of our kids graduated on time; we had the lowest dropout rate in the state of Colorado. We were an international baccalaureate school but we also had a large population of special needs students — it was a comprehensive high school. It was fantastic, and I said: ‘How lucky am I to spend 20 years at this beautiful place?’ ”