For my Goal Line Stand study I wanted to talk about the students who took a stand at Columbine. I couldn’t remember how to spell Cassie’s last name so I went looking online and was shocked to find many stories talking how the famous “Are you a Christian” question probably never happened. Here was as story that I just assumed I had all of the facts about and apparently I was wrong.
I still talked about the girls (Rachel and Cassie) and about their life as a Christian, but my curiosity was piqued so I went looking for more information. I remembered a book that came out last year simply titled Columbine and how it was a definitive look of what happened or at least what we know. So I picked it up from Audible and have been listening to it.
I am still only halfway through. I can’t listen for long because it just makes me sad. But what struck me is how normal these two guys (Eric and Dylan) were. They weren’t outcasts. Dylan went to the prom the Saturday before the shooting. They both had friends and dates and in a school of 2000 people they were picked on occasionally, but not relentlessly. They weren’t outcasts. They were like most teenage rebels. They were dressing differently than the gap, but dressing like their own group of friends. Dylan’s family had even attended a local church for a while.
As a youth pastor I am riveted by this story and by what it says about teenagers and the media. It is an interesting read with some insightful stuff about evangelical and mainline churches and their response to the tragedy. It even includes an account of Dylan’s funeral. Can you imagine preaching the funeral of a boy who just went in to shoot his school. What do you say to his parents who are grieving and shocked? Anyway, I would suggest picking it up.