'You will be changed forever': Columbine shooting survivor on coping after a massive trauma squib

Austin Eubanks became addicted to painkillers after the 1999 shooting – lean into the pain and grief, not try to escape it, he cautions

Nineteen years ago, Austin Eubanks hid under a table in his high school library as two students opened fire on their classmates. He and his friends had been ready to get lunch when they first heard gunshots outside. They had not recognized the sound, thinking the bangs were just construction noises. Then a teacher ran into the library and screamed at them to hide.

When the shooting stopped, Eubanks fled through the smoke out of the library, and out of the school. He was 17, with gunshot wounds in his hand and knee, and he had just witnessed his best friend killed in front of him.

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