Father of Columbine Victim Speaks in Whitesboro

10-17-05 - Six years after the Columbine high school tragedy, teenagers in Whitesboro are learning the lessons of that bloody day first hand from the father of one of the victims.

You might have heard the name of Rachel Scott. She was 17 years old when she was shot and killed while sitting outside eating her lunch at Columbine high school.

While her life ended tragically that day, before she died, she issued a challenge to the world. Today, it's made its way to Whitesboro.

It's been a slow healing process for the town of Whitesboro.

"We've had about four suicides in the last two years, and it shocked our community," youth minister Tom Bilderback said. "No one wants to see a young person's life lost for no reason."

And that is why the North Hills Baptist Church brought in a father who feels the pain.

After losing his own daughter Rachel at Columbine, Darrell Scott's full time job has become traveling to more than a million schools and churches across the world delivering a message of healing.

"Everybody was screaming gun control and more laws and I said that wasn't the issue," Scott said. "That needed to be addressed, it needed, to be influence on the lives of young people"

But the influence that Darrell Scott talks about isn't something he's figured out on his own.

It stems from what he calls a "chain reaction." An idea that Rachel wrote about in her diary exactly one month before her death, and Scott hopes it will bring a positive change to the way teenagers think.

"We knew she had diaries, but we had never read them," Scott said. "Rachel in some ways, she was an ordinary teenage girl, but in other ways I think she sensed she had a purpose. I don't think, I know she did, and I believe God allowed her to sense her own destiny and purpose. She wouldn't live to be very old, so she had a sense of urgency about the things she did and at the same time she would have an impact on millions of lives"

And the lives of those who met Scott are feeling are feeling that impact. They will be forever changed by Rachel's story along with the future of this community.

Rachel's father isn't alone sharing his daughter's story. There's a team of six others including her brother and sister and a friend of Rachel's who witnessed ten classmates being gunned down in the library at Columbine.

There's also a movie coming out in the next couple of years based on Rachel's life.

For more information about Rachel's story, you can visit her website at www.rachelscott.com.