Many theories have circulated as to why the Columbine High School massacre happened.
But to Craig Scott, who lost his older sister in the shooting, it was because the perpetrators didn’t believe they or others had value.
“A lot of people blamed outside factors, like bullying, certain things like gun control or the medication that they were on and even the media that they chose,” he said. “All of those things may have been factors, but the truth was they chose to do what they did and it was the things within their own hearts.”
Scott spoke Wednesday at Nicholls State University to conclude the three-day Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy hosted annually by the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business.
He shared the story of his sister, Rachel, who was killed at 17 years old in the April 20, 1999, massacre in Colorado. The shooting left 15 people dead, including the two perpetrators.
Scott encouraged the girls in the academy to stay true to their word and said being authentic is key to being a leader.
“That was something my sister, Rachel, was,” he said. “She was genuine and sincere.”
He said his sister knew even before the shooting that she wasn’t going to live to an old age but that she would have an impact on others. She used to trace her hands.
“In the center of one of those hands, she wrote, ‘These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of people’s hearts,'” Scott said.
Scott was in the library at the time of the massacre and hid under a desk when the shooters arrived. He watched as they killed his two friends next to him.
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