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Claims about the Thought of the Day

A prevailing myth is that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold arranged to have a message foreshadowing their planned attack broadcast on the morning Rebel News Network announcements. In reality, the quote was unrelated to what happened on April 20 and instead made reference to the unseasonably warm weather that day. Erik Veik, who wrote the message, was a friend of Klebold and Harris and had worked on video productions with both boys in the past. The phrase that Veik aired on April 20th was a last-minute substitution for one he felt was unsuitable and read “How could you expect us to stay in school on a day like this?” The originally scheduled phrase, “Quit your bitching” was written by a senior who told Veik that he didn’t care if the phrase was inappropriate because he’d be graduating in a few weeks.  Despite the many individuals who remembered a more ominous quote of the day, some remembered and understood the intention of the actual quote.

 

Individuals who thought the quote of the day was ominous:

pg. 49, “Today is not a good day to be here

pg. 124, she did not see the announcements but was told by another student in class is stated something to the effect of “today’s a bad day to be here.

pg. 155, He didn’t notice what the quote was but asked another student who told him it was something along the lines of "You don’t want to be here’

pg. 230, Heard that Harris or Klebold arranged for someone at the Rebel News Network to announce on April 20, 1999, that "Don’t you wish that you weren’t here today.

pg. 281, “Not going to be a good day

pg. 632, she didn’t pay attention but a friend later told her it said, “You wish you weren’t here.

pg. 657, recalled the phrase of the day appeared written in German. Friends later told him it was transmitted by TCM members in the AV class and translated to “Today is the day you wish you weren’t here.

pg. 668, “Today is the day you wish you weren’t here

pg. 848, “I’ll bet you wish you weren’t here today

pg. 1013, “You would rather not be here.”

pg. 1295, “Today will not be a good day

pg. 1325, “what a horrible day to come to school

pg. 1342, “you wish you weren’t here today

pg. 1404, discussed with a friend that there was a big 420 on the screen and the screen would shake. They thought this was unusual.

pg. 1419, “you wished you weren’t here today.

pg. 1503, “Today is going to be a bad day

pg. 1531, she mentioned hearing something “eerie and unusual,” something to the effect of “today’s the day

pg. 1558 she saw the thought of the day to be “4/20, you’d rather not be here today

pg. 1640 said it was something like, “Today is a bad day

pg. 1664 did not personally hear or see it but later heard it was something to the effect of “You wish you weren’t here.

pg. 1794 something to the effect today is not a good day to be here in school.

pg. 1865 did not see it but had heard that there was something on there about something bad going to happen in the school.

pg. 1932 it was something about the date, 4-20, and then something to the effect of “you wished you weren’t here.

pg. 2019 something like, “420 wish you weren’t here.

pg. 2021 “I’ll best you wish you weren’t here today.

pg. 2121- 2122 something to the effect of “YOU DON’T WANT TO BE HERE TODAY. 4/20/99

pg. 2270 something to the effect “I’ll bet you wish you were not here today.”

pg. 2275 heard something about “this will not be a good day” or words to that effect

pg. 2306 had something to do with “I know you guys don’t want to be here.”

pg. 2529 “today is not going to be a very good day

pg. 2596 did not see it but “heard since that it has something to do with it not being a good day to be at the school

pg. 2608 “Someone said 4/20 I wish I wasn’t here

 

pg. 2653 something like "wish you weren’t here, four twenty… four twenty

pg. 2658 believed the thought of the day was “Go To Lunch.”

pg. 2732 he thought it was “You’d wish you weren’t here today.

pg. 2796 thought it said “wish you weren’t here, 4-20

pg. 2980 thought it said something about 4-20 Smoking day and Hitler’s birthday

 

pg. 4467 “Today is not a good day to be here

pg. 8928 “I bet you wish you weren’t here today 4:20, 4:20

And very few individuals who actually remembered and understood the quote:

pg. 1232 “You shouldn’t be inside here today. It is nice outside.”

pg. 2072 “how can you expect us to be in school today.