AUBURN, Wash. -- When he talks about the day he watched two classmates, filled with hatred and anger, gun down his two friends next to him in the library, you can still see the pain in Craig Scott’s eyes.
He was spared, but his 17 year-old sister Rachel was not. She was the first person killed in the Columbine High School rampage which took the lives of 12 students and a teacher.
“It is hard to talk about it. It comes at a price. It has come at a price in my life. I’ve decided that the price is worth it,” said Scott.
He has turned that hurt into inspiration through Rachel’s Challenge, a program started by his father Darrell Scott which promotes kindness and compassion in schools across the country.
Today, he shared Rachel’s story with hundreds of students at Auburn Mountainview High School, continuing the challenge his sister left behind.
“My challenge instead of judging others is to do what Rachel did. Look for the good in other people,” he told the students.
Scott, now 28, uses what happened to him the morning of the shooting as an example to never hold back from telling people how you feel about them.
“The last time I had with my sister I yelled at her, called her names and slammed the car door shut,” said Scott. “And I know that she loves me (but) I still wish that I could have my last time with her something different.”
He also challenged the students to eliminate prejudice and choose positive influences.
“I’ve heard students say I’m a bully and I’m going to apologize. I’m going to tell my dad I love them and haven’t told him in years,” said Scott.
Reliving the tragedy through these presentations isn’t easy for Scott. But he knows he’s changing lives. And it’s given him a purpose in life that he never expected.