Principal Frank DeAngelis spends last day at Columbine H.S.

Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis

Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis

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
community.

The principal promised to do so, and says he’s proud of what had been accomplished since he stayed.