Trenchcoat Mafia

trenchcoat mafia

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were American high school seniors who committed the Columbine High School massacre. They killed 13 people and injured 24 others, before committing suicide. According to early accounts of the shooting, Harris and Klebold were very unpopular students and frequent targets of bullying at their high school. They eventually began to bully other students; writing journal entries about how they themselves had bullied younger students and ‘fags.’ Initially, the shooters were believed to be members of a clique that called themselves the Trenchcoat Mafia, a small group of Columbine’s self-styled outcasts who wore heavy black trench coats.

The Trenchcoat Mafia was originally a group of gamers who hung out together and started wearing trenchcoats after one of the members received a cowboy duster as a Christmas Gift. They adopted the name Trenchcoat Mafia after jocks began to call them that. Investigation revealed that Harris and Klebold were only friends with one member of the group, and that most of the primary members of the Trenchcoat Mafia had left the school by the time that Harris and Klebold committed the massacre. Most did not know the shooters and none were considered suspects in the shootings or were charged with any involvement in the incident.

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