JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Fifteen years ago, the principal of Columbine High School almost called it quits.
Friday, he finally did so — for very different reasons.
Frank DeAngelis spent most of his last day cleaning out his office — packing up “thank you” cards and well wishes.
The principal is retiring.
Back in 1999, he nearly left his job because people sued him over the Columbine school shootings … and he almost couldn’t handle it.
“That was devastating knowing that there were people who thought I was responsible for the deaths of
13 people that meant so much to me.”
A priest convinced him to stay, telling DeAngelis he was spared that day for a reason: To go rebuild his
The principal promised to do so, and says he’s proud of what had been accomplished since he stayed.