Father of Columbine victim hopes to spread message of kindness | News
WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The father of one of the victims in the Columbine High School shootings was in Maine Monday, telling his daughter's story to help make the world a kinder place.
Rachel Joy Scott was 17 years old when she became the first of 13 victims in that school shooting. But her father, Darrell Scott, says his daughter's short life shows how small things make a big difference. He helps run Rachel's Challenge, a non-profit organization devoted to spreading kindness.
Scott spoke to middle and high schoolers in Windham at an assembly Monday morning. During his talk, he points out many examples of small things Rachel did that changed people's lives, whether it was standing up for a disabled student who was being bullied, or asking another student who seemed to be lashing out if something was wrong.
Those students both told Scott that their lives were changed by Rachel.
Rachel wrote in an essay that she wanted to create a chain reaction of trust, compassion and beauty in the world, and her father says her memory is doing just that.
Scott said, "I personally believe she had a purpose to fulfil and I believe she fulfilled it. I believe that's true of all of us. Hers was to bring compassion and kindness to the attention of young people. and she's done that."
Windham Middle and High Schools are now forming a "Friends of Rachel" club, dedicated to continuing to keep this message alive in the school hallways. You can learn more about Rachel's Challenge by clicking here.