Columbine Teacher's Guide

Discussion Questions: Themes


  1. What are the primary themes of Columbine?

  2. How was good vs. evil portrayed? Was the concept prominent in the thinking of Eric? Dylan? The victims and survivors?

  3. How did religion impact the story?

  4. How inevitable was the Columbine attack? Should anyone have stopped it? Who?

  5. Were the survivors powerless? Which ones took control of their own destinies? What made the difference between them and those who remained victims?

  6. Who chose to “forgive?” How did it work out for them? Why do some survivors embrace that word and others reject it?