connectVideoSurvivor Austin Eubanks reflects on the Columbine school shooting
On the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, one of the survivors, Austin Eubanks, described to Fox News how he treated the tragedy that left him injured and his best friend is dead.
“I am completely separate,” Eubanks told Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Saturday. “I’ve always been able to recall everything that happened that day, but it was almost as if I were watching it on television. I was not present in my own body.”
When the shooting happened, Eubanks said, he was on his way to lunch and talk with friends. “That was when the shooting started. A moment later, a teacher walked through the doors calling everyone to get under the tables.”
Eubanks was shot twice and then took medication that led to addiction during his twenties.
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“I was prescribed medication for my physical injuries and immediately I was attracted to these drugs because of how they improved the underlying symptoms of emotional pain,” he said during his appearance on “Cavuto Life.”
He went on to help others resolve the emotional pain she felt of undergoing trauma, such as. As Cavuto pointed out, Columbine was just the beginning of a series of mass executions that would affect the American schools over the next two decades.
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“I tell people who are struggling, the most crucial piece of recovery is to remain connected to other human beings for support, because we are so prone to detachment and there are countless setbacks that comes with that,” he added.
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Eubanks’ comments came shortly after an 18-year-old woman, who was “in love” with the shooting, threatened with violence in the Denver area. Wednesday, the woman, Sol Pais, had committed suicide and the FBI have reported that there is “no longer a threat to the community.”
When Cavuto asked Eubanks on Pais, Eubanks described Columbine as an event that caught the attention of the public, such as the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11. “Everyone has an emotional attachment to Columbine and I think unfortunately for those who are mentally disturbed or unstable, it is made of this fascination.”