Columbine victim's brother helps prepare schools for rally

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on May 4, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 4 at 5:57 PM

Since the beginning of the year, 180 students from North Texas schools have taken up Rachel’s Challenge. It is an effort to impact the world with kindness.

They will converge on Pizza Hut Park in Frisco Thursday night for what could be the biggest rally ever in North Texas.

Rachel Scott’s family will all be there to share her dream to start a chain reaction of kindness.  

Imagine watching two of your closest friends die in the worst school shooting in history, only to learn your sister also was killed. For Craig Scott, that was a grim reality. 

Scott survived the Columbine shooting 12 years ago when he was 16. Craig Scott was in the Columbine High School library in April 1999 when two students began shooting his classmates.

"And I was so scared, I literally felt like my heart was gonna stop beating," Scott said. "I didn't know what to do."

Scott took cover under a table, fearing his life was about to end.

"And I was underneath the table where I watched two of my friends, two of my buddies who were killed next to me," Scott said.

What he did not know at the time was that his 17-year-old sister Rachel had been the first of 13 students killed that day. 

Once the gunmen left the library, Scott led a group of students out of the school. 

Eleven years after the shootings, Scott travels the country promoting Rachel’s Challenge.

His family started the non-profit group after reading Rachel's journal. She had written about changing the world by starting a "chain reaction of kindness. It is making an impact worldwide.

"But when I see all these teenagers being impacted, it just gives me fuel to want to be that person of character," Scott said. "To want to be more like my sister when she was here."

Students are getting the message and accepting Rachel’s challenge.

"You can't judge a book by its cover," said student Jessica del Rosario. "You don't know everyone's story, so you can't judge anyone. You have to be nice to everyone. You just can't be a bully, you know."

We'll be celebrating those efforts along with Rachel's Challenge at a community-wide rally.

Thousands of students are expected Thursday at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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