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Columbine shooting survivor speaks at metro schools summit


Making metro schools safer is going to take social change. That was the headline of the metro board of education's youth safety summit held Saturday.

"She had a feeling about her life that she wasn't going to live to be very old but that she was going to impact millions of people," said speaker Craig Scott, referring to his sister, Rachel.

Taking to the stage at McGavock High, Scott viewed the engagement as another opportunity to share the story of Rachel. She was the first student killed on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School. Showing video of the aftermath of the shooting, some students in the audience watched the images for the first time.

"Before Rachel was killed, she was seen drawing a picture of eyes crying 13 tears watering a rose with drops of blood," said Scott. "One hour after drawing that, 13 people were killed at Columbine."

Scott travels the country with 'Rachel's Challenge', an effort to fight the prejudice and bullying in school that can lead to violence.

"I believe that's what would've stopped the shooters at Columbine from doing what they did, if they'd been shown that kindness and compassion," said Scott. "I think it would've changed their minds."

"I personally feel safe in my school, but I do think about it," said Hillsboro High student Imani Hawkins. "It's a thought because people get bullied every day. It's still a problem."

"The message I carry away today from Rachel's Challenge is we've got to get our young people thinking about issues of civility and how to treat people," said schools director Dr. Jesse Register.

With many lined up ready to sign Rachel's Challenge and commit to a social change in the school, Scott said his sister's purpose lives on.

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