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Rachel's Tears

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The Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the heart of our country. In December 1999, we learned that the teenage killers specifically ...
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"Rachel's Tears" was my Independent reading book this quarter. Rachel's Tears was a true story of a teenage girl named Rachel who strongly believed in God. Her father and mother were divorced which made it hard on her and her siblings. One morning she woke up. Everything was normal until her and her brother left for school. Two troubled students decided to bring guns into school and start shooting. They shot almost everybody in their paths. Rachel’s brother survived, but Rachel didn’t. As the book goes on, Rachel’s family starts looking through her journals. They were full of letters to Christ. Rachel’s mother knew she was close to God, but never really knew how close she was. The book itself is full of her letters.  The reason for the school shooting was that not only were the killers were getting bullied, but they killed people for their religious beliefs and for their race. 

 

Theme: I believe that there is more than one theme in this book. One theme is live life to the fullest. You never know what will happen tomorrow. Another theme in this book is never stay mad at someone. You never know when its there time to go, and the last conversation you have with them shouldn’t be an argument. This book shows how fragile life can really be, and it’s a scary thing.

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Diane Sherry Mankowski's comment, April 4, 2013 2:26 PM
Another great summary, Cat. You have some grammar errors to address. If you copy and paste this entry into Microsoft Word it will help you identify the items that need correction. Also, write paragraph two, a paragraph to compare/contrast/connect to your original book, She Said Yes.
hira's comment, April 12, 2013 9:23 AM
good job, i like it!
Bisma's comment, April 12, 2013 9:28 AM
thats just sad.
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Columbine High School Shooting

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This article explains the importance of school security. It explains how the shooting happened, when it happens, and how it ends. The shooting started at 11:15 am in the parking lot. After that they moved into the lunchroom, next they went to the choir room, auditorium, gymnasium, and library. the shooting stopped at about 12:30 pm. After Klebold and Harris shot up the school, They killed themselves in the Library. Their bodies were found around 4:30 that afternoon. The killers looked like normal students. As the planned shooting got closer they started acting different. Listening to different music, and using the computer more. "As a result, some people perceived the parents as neglectful and they would later become the focus of lawsuits associated with the shooting." Parents blamed the killers parents for the shooting.

 

This article is related because its an article about the school shooting. Explaining what had happened and how it had happened just the like book did. The school and the parents blamed the killers parents for the shooting for "neglecting" them. the book didn’t say anything about that.

 

 

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Diane Sherry Mankowski's comment, April 4, 2013 2:20 PM
Copy and paste your text into word so you can check your spelling and grammar on this entry. Good detailed summary of the article.
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Columbine survivor hopes documentary will help others

Samuel Granillo is making a documentary about his experience as a survivor of the deadly Columbine shootings. Erin Moriarty reports even after 13 years, Gran...
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Sam Granillo is making a documentary of the day he survived the Columbine Shooting in April 1999. Sam attended the high school when he was 17. He was telling his story and how scary it was. He was supposed to go to lunch with Rachel Scott. He as trapped in the Cafe'. a teacher said take cover. The teacher came back and said go hide. They all went running to find classrooms and closets. They listen for gunfire. Where Sam was, someone tried opening the door form the other side. Him and his classmates pull the door shut because they didn’t know who it was. When they got the chance, they ran outside. When Sam got outside, he found a body on the ground. It was Rachel Scott. The 17-year-old girls that he was suppose to have lunch with. To this day he has survivor guilt.

 

 

This documentary relates to my book because his friend was Rachel Scott, the teenage girl my book is about. He was supposed to have lunch with her that day. But never got the chance. When he came out of the school, she was one of the first bodies he saw.

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She Said Yes

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She Said Yes is a story of growing up in the '90s, of peer pressure, adolescent turmoil, and the tough choices parents make. It is the st...
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She Said Yes is another book about the high school shooting. Two classmates stormed through the school, guns blazing, and killing as many people as they could. As the kids that were hurt got carried from the bloody school, several stories of the ones who survived started buzzing, but one spread faster and farther than the rest. The two teenagers went up to Cassie was asked, "Do you believe in God?" She answered, "Yes." then they shot her.

 

Both teenage girls believing in God and getting killed in returned relate them. In both books, it shows the same struggle of the killers. They reason for them shooting the girls was the same, they both didn’t really talk to the killers. But the killers knew.

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Columbine High School

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This is Columbine High School, where the shooting took place. The Shooting happened in April 1999 when 2 students decided to kill 13 peoples. 12 students and 1 teacher and injured 23 other people. After they shoot up the school, they killed themselves. The students couldn’t attend Columbine the rest of the year, so they finished at Chatfield Senior High. The high school just built a brand new library just 4 years before the shooting. After the shooting, the destroyed the library because that’s where 13 of the deaths were. They later turned it into a memorial ceiling.

 

This picture relates to the shooting because its a picture of the actual school.

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School Tragedy

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Every school administrator hopes that they will never have to deal with a school tragedy such as the death of a student or teacher, school shooting, a student whose home burns down, etc.
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This website explains how to deal with school tragedies. It tells you no matter how skilled or trained you are; nothing will ever prepare you for such a thing. Every situation is different, and it tells you how to deal with all the situations. It tells you that you need to take care of yourself before anyone else. You are more important. Adults can be just as effected as the students. They might not show it, but its true. Don’t grudge over it. Try to get back on a normal schedule as soon as possible.

 

 

 

This website relates to my book because students and teachers that attended Columbine at the time needed serious help. A school shooting is a big problem and can be very scary and scaring. The more help these people get, the better off they are in life.


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Bisma's comment, April 12, 2013 9:29 AM
yeah sometimes its just best to talk about it