iluvphhilipau asks: What's the big deal with detectors?pastor_bruce_porter: I suppose metal detectors would detect guns or bombs students would bring to school. They are not fullproof and people can find a way around these detectors.raiblu86 asks: Do you think further shootings would have occured had the media not covered the incident so heavily?pastor_bruce_porter: I do not know.faithb_withus asks: I use to hang out with a bunch of goth teens that are planning to do the same as what happened in Columbine. I stopped hanging around them because they wrote me notes saying how they were going to kill me. I told people about it, but no one really cares. What should I do??pastor_bruce_porter: You need to very careful. You need to find someone that you can trust. That you can pass this information on to. If these people are making these threats, they may actually carry them out.imahotchik asks: I read Cassie's book. It was very good. In the book, it doesn't mention this, however, I heard it. I heard that it wasn't her who said yes--it was another person in the background. Do you know about this?pastor_bruce_porter: There is ongoing controversy about whether or not Cassie said anything before she was shot. The words that she was supposedly saying has now been attributed to Valene Schnuur. There was a lot of confusion when this happened.Some students are confused about whether they heard Cassie yes or no. But there are some students who say that both Cassie and Valene said yes when they were questioned about their faith.Question: Is the school doing anything special for the anniversary?pastor_bruce_porter: Yes, the school is giving an excused dismissal to those who want to take the day off. They are holding a memorial for staff and students within Columbine at 9:30.krayziegrl222 asks: Is it true that you can be rewarded by a school for reporting a crime that has been organized by a student, with cash or something else?pastor_bruce_porter: I've never heard of any such reward. Wouldn't doing the right thing be enough of a reward?this_time_around_69 asks: I've heard that there is a connection between all the killings, such as the Oklahoma bombing and Columbine, and other incidents. Is that an assumption, or is it true?pastor_bruce_porter: I know of no direct connection between these terrible tragedies except the evil that is in the heart of broken humanity.doogie05 asks: I live nearby, just a mile or two away from Columbine. Even though I have no real connection to the students or families, is there some way I can help out personally? Something tangible I can do to help?pastor_bruce_porter: You could try to make yourself known to one of the families and offer to mow their grass or do errands for them. I'm sure that any act of kindness would be appreciated.Pyknight asks: Reverend, why does it seem that you are trying to place blame on anything BUT the kids that did the shooting?pastor_bruce_porter: You misunderstand. I am not trying to shift the blame from these two killers. They are fully responsible for their actions. They must be held responsible in the eyes of God.suffragette13 asks: What do you say to kids that are being bullied and the school just looks the other way?pastor_bruce_porter: This happens way too often in schools. There is no easy answer. Sometimes, this world is not a very nice place.imahotchik asks: The people at the school I attend keep saying it could never happen to us. How do I make them see that it could happen to anyone anytime anywhere? pastor_bruce_porter: I don't think there is anyway to convince people that don't want to see the truth in front of their face. Don't give up. Don't be afraid.Question: How do you feel about the killers?pastor_bruce_porter: I feel pity for these two young men. I think that where they are now is not a very pleasant place.mfbhouse39 asks: Were the Columbine kids cult worshipers?pastor_bruce_porter: I have heard rumors that they were involved in witchcraft. So far, it has been just rumors, and there has been no hard evidence that this is the case.ovethrow_the_gov asks: Why does society seem to focus more on an event like Columbine, where 17 people end up dead, whereas today is the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing,where 160 people died, including even younger children???pastor_bruce_porter: Columbine represented a unique and historically unprecedented attack. What most people don't know is that the killers had placed over 95 explosive devices in the school. They put a bomb in the cafeteria that would have killed over 600 people. The sheer magnitude of what these two young men wanted to do was staggering. Guns were a second choice for them.zero_36867 asks: What do you think of the Michael W. Smith song "This Is Your Time"?pastor_bruce_porter: I love it. I'm going to be with him tomorrow and hear him play it live at the memorial service in Littleton.naomi_knome asks: Reverend, ever since the shooting, people have become more outspoken toward me and my friends. They seem to think that all "freaks" are going to go kill people. What do I tell them?pastor_bruce_porter: I think that we have to remember that we can't judge people on how they look. Some of the nicest people dress in punk or gothic choice. We have to make sure that we don't judge people who look different than us.Quizbowler asks: Are you saying that if you are not a practicing Christian that you are more likly to shoot people???pastor_bruce_porter: I think that when you have the added dimension of the grace, love, and mercy of Jesus Christ in your life, you are far less likely to do harm to other people.ichatwithu2 asks: Can we expect a miniseries about this soon?pastor_bruce_porter: I have no idea what some people may make of this.zipit_good asks: Do you feel the victims' families should sue? pastor_bruce_porter:I have no opinion about that.meg1881 asks Has the Christian community within Columbine High increased and strengthened since this tragedy? pastor_bruce_porter:Yes, I believe it has. The "See You at the Poll" rally was twice as large after Columbine as it was the year before.soccerchic99_2002 asks: I don't have a question, but I do have a comment. At my school that I just recently moved to, every morning we have prayer, and since my first day there, they pray for the people in Littleton. I just want y'all to know we haven't forgot.pastor_bruce_porter: Thank you so very much for that. We appreciate all your prayers and support.beliefnet_ellen: And we'll end with this question:morris217 asks: Do you think anything positive has come from Columbine?pastor_bruce_porter: Yes, I do. I'm convinced that Columbine was a spiritual event that has awakened a large number of young people in this nation that there are some things worth dying for. Unless you have something worth dying for, you can't live. I believe that a great movement of youth will rise up out of this tragedy, so that these lives will not be lost in vain.beliefnet_ellen: Thank you for being with us tonight, Pastor Porter.pastor_bruce_porter: You are very, very welcome.

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