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Columbine Survivor To Challenge Students In Sisters Memory

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A man who watched his classmates get gunned down during the shooting massacre at Columbine High School is sharing his experience and a special message with local students.

Craig Scott came to Nashville to be part of this weekend's Youth Safety Summit.

"I was a sophomore when Columbine happened," Scott said.

There had been school shootings before Columbine, but that one created a ripple effect throughout the nation.

"The Columbine massacre was something that really changed the face of education," Metro Schools Chief Support Services Officer Tony Majors said.

But for Craig Scott these images didn't just exist on TV.

"I was also there that day during the shooting and had friends killed next to me," Scott remembers. "And (I) had ten classmates killed around me."

Among the dead was his sister Rachel Scott. She was described as a compassionate 17 year old who was always looking out for others.

"She wrote an essay just a month before her shooting challenging her generation to step out in compassion for one another," Craig Scott said about a journal entry the family found after her death. "And she ended the essay by saying you just may start a chain reaction."

It's a challenge Rachel's family turned into a movement for their own healing and as a way to make sure her death was not in vein.

"It's empowering parents as well as students to really live up to what Rachel Scott's challenge was, to really show compassion," Majors said.

That's why Metro Schools is inviting families to take Rachel's Challenge at Saturday's Youth Safety Summit.

"We say here's what the shooters did, they focused on negative things," Craig Scott said. "Rachel focused on helping other people."

That care and concern, Craig says is the most effective way to address school violence.

"Laws and rules and legislation do not change, a person's heart and they can find a way to kill," he said.

Nearly 14 years later, Craig says there's still a lot that can be learned from his sister...who even in her death continues to impact so many people's lives.


Youth Safety Summit

April 6, 2013

9:00 am - 12:00pm

McGavock High School

Child Care Will Be Provided for Free



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