Former Columbine Student Talks About Bailey School Shooting

By: Lauri Martin
By: Lauri Martin

Today's shooting is all too jarring a reminder of what happened once before in Colorado. 7½ years ago, the Columbine gunmen killed 12 students and one teacher and injured two dozen more. Then, they turned the guns on themselves.

One of those survivors now lives in Colorado Springs. When you see 22-year-old Mark Taylor today, you would have no idea what kind of story he has to tell. A sophomore back on April 20th, 1999, he was sitting outside his high school, when out of nowhere, he was shot 6 to 13 times in the chest, the arm and the leg. He was the first one to be shot. "I played dead for 20 minutes."

Four surgeries and seven years later, Mark said it's a miracle he survived. "It's been tough. God puts you through times and you go on to tell the world." And, telling the world is exactly what he's doing in his newly released book called I asked, God answered. Mark told us that watching the chaos in Bailey, seeing the kids evacuate, brings him back to 7 years ago. "Seeing other kids go through what I went through... it shouldn't be happening. It's hard." Hard because he said high schools are no longer the safe haven they used to be. “Parents, pray for kids when they leave house. You can't be there to protect them."

Mark still suffers from physical pains and doctors said he'll never be the way he was. But, Mark told us he has forgiven the Columbine shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.


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