This book tells the story of a 17-year-old, average teenage girl named Cassie Bernall. This book is written by her mother and shows everyone the decision Cassie had made on April 20, 1999. Cassie Bernall attended Columbine High School, which is the school that had the largest school shooting ever in history. Her mom tells the story of her daughter and how she was a very passionate girl about her faith in Jesus Christ. On the day of the shooting, Cassie had handed her friend Amanda a note saying that she wanted to live for Christ alone and even though it's scary, she wanted to live life fully for the will of God. When she was in the library working on her English project, the librarian had yelled to everyone that there were kids with guns in the hallway and everyone to get under the desks. Everyone thought it was just a senior prank, but when the shooters, which happened to be her classmates, walked into the library yelling, everyone knew this was no joke. All students in the library got under the tables as soon as possible, just hoping that their lives would be spared.
Among these students was Cassie Bernall. She was praying and praying that the students would just leave and do no harm. As they walked around, shooting kids, Cassie was still praying her life would be spared. Unfortunately, one of the shooters slammed on the desk right above Cassie. He bent down in front of her and said, "Do you believe in God?" Cassie, although nervous as can be, said, "Yes." The shooter just looked at her and said, "Why?" But before Cassie could even explain, the shooter shot and killed her immediately. Cassie was a strong girl and willing to stand up for her beliefs. She trusted God and had so much faith that she was willing to give up her life for the sake of God's will. The story of Cassie Bernall is a very unfortunate story. Although very sad and unfortunate, it amazes me how much faith she had as a seventeen year old girl and how much she was willing to stand up for what she believed in, no matter what the cost.
1) What do you think that Cassie Bernall was thinking as the gunman asked her if she believed in God?
2) To what extent do you think you would be willing to stand up for what you believe in?