Columbine

Columbine

by

Dave Cullen

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Brooks Brown Character Analysis

A former friend of Eric Harris. The two, after experiencing a falling out, behave antagonistically toward one another, though Eric was the perpetrator of most of the threatening behavior. Eric threatened Brooks’ life on his website, and harassed him during a snowball fight—he also, allegedly, sent threatening anonymous emails to Brooks and defaced the Brown family’s garage. Brooks encountered Eric as Eric and Dylan were on their way into Columbine on the day of the shooting; rather than harming Brooks, Eric told him to “get out of here,” and Brooks headed off-campus for lunch.
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Brooks Brown Character Timeline in Columbine

The timeline below shows where the character Brooks Brown appears in Columbine. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10: Judgment
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...attack. Dylan’s prom date, Robyn, noticed his absence from class, and the boys’ mutual friend, Brooks Brown, wondered “what kind of stunt” Eric was pulling by missing an important test in... (full context)
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...his regular spot in the senior lot, while Eric parks in the adjacent junior lot. Brooks Brown, on his way out to lunch, spots Eric pulling into the wrong lot and... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Sheriff
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...three months before the massacre.” Additionally, a complaint was filed over a year earlier by Brooks Brown’s parents, revealing that Eric had made “death threats” toward Brooks. The report features “ten... (full context)
Chapter 20: Vacant
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...the FBI sends more than a dozen special agents. Eleven “likely conspirators” are identified, including Brooks Brown, Chris Morris, and Robyn Anderson. The band room is converted into a command center—the... (full context)
Chapter 23: Gifted Boy
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...a “driven competitor.” He idolized major league players “until the day he died.” Dylan and Brooks Brown were childhood friends, and Brooks’ mother, Judy, remembers witnessing one of Dylan’s explosive temper... (full context)
Chapter 25: Threesome
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Eric and Dylan presumably met in middle school, though they did not really connect there. Brooks Brown, Dylan’s childhood friend, met Eric during their freshman year at Columbine, and soon “all... (full context)
Chapter 29: The Missions
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The boys begin to get into other kids of trouble, too. Eric and Brooks Brown’s friendship falls apart—Eric, during a snowball fight, breaks the windshield of Brooks’ Mercedes-Benz with... (full context)
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After Brooks’ mother becomes involved in the incident, Eric’s parents confront him, and he describes in his... (full context)
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Eric posts Brooks’ name and phone number to his personal website, encouraging his readers to harass Brooks and... (full context)
Chapter 30: Telling Us Why
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Judy and Randy Brown, Brooks’ parents, had sent the sheriff’s department the pages from Eric’s website, and had warned officials... (full context)
Chapter 37: Betrayed
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Dylan, alarmed by Eric’s rants, gives Brooks Brown Eric’s web address and tells him to look at it, but not to tell... (full context)
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Judy and Randy Brown, Brooks’ parents, continue to hound the cops. Investigator Guerra drafts an affidavit for a search warrant... (full context)
Chapter 42: Diversion
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Eric writes threatening and anonymous emails to Brooks Brown, and his parents once again called the cops. A deputy adds a report of... (full context)