Columbine victim's father brings message to students


By ANNA VOELKER
Staff Writer
, Abilene Reporter-News
March 7, 2000

Darrell Scott said he believes the massacre at Columbine High School April 20 was a spiritual event.

The tragedy, which took the lives of 12 students and one teacher before gunmen Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed themselves, has become an inspiration to Scott.

Scott, whose daughter, Rachel, didn't live to see her 18th birthday, sent a powerful message Monday night to about 1,500 area students at Moody Coliseum on the Abilene Christian University campus.

Scott will address an adult crowd tonight as the keynote speaker at Abilene Christian Schools' 18th Annual Community Dinner at the Civic Center.

Reading Rachel's diaries and essays, Scott dug deep into what his daughter predicted before her death. "I want you to use me to reach the unreached," Rachel wrote to God in a March 1, 1998 entry in her diary

Scott said he is spreading Rachel's message of kindness and compassion because his daughter wanted to start a chain reaction or revival among youth. Scott, who started a missionary called the Columbine Redemption, speaks to various groups across the United States and meets with legislators, expressing the answer to preventing violence is to pray more and blame less. A gun did not kill his daughter, a human did, Scott said.

"No community is immune to this sort of thing," Scott said. "We need to pray to God that he touches the hearts of all our children. Young people, you have an opportunity to start a chain reaction."

Scott said adding more gun laws and putting metal detectors in schools will not prevent tragedies.

"The anecdote to violence is not turning our schools into prisons," Scott said. "Until we start dealing with hearts of men, we won't see a change."

On May 2, 1998, Rachel wrote in her journal, "This will be my last year, Lord. I have gotten what I can. Thank you."

Her father believes Rachel knew she would be an instrument to spread God's message.

Before Rachel was shot in the temple, Scott said his daughter was asked by one of the gunmen, "Do you still believe in God?"

"She answered, 'You know I do,' " Scott said. "The next words she heard were God's."

Scott said Rachel prayed for her classmates and for people she never met and that the audience shouldn't give up on praying for other people.

"How many of you have prayed for Marilyn Manson lately," Scott asked. "How many of you remember Alice Cooper? Who would have thought he would be speaking to young people about God now?"

ACU student Angelique Raut, 22, said the Lord spoke to her through Scott.

"The Lord is a lot bigger than we can imagine," the senior said. "People need to know the Lord in their hearts."

Anna Voelker can be reached at 676-6738 or voelkera@abinews.com.

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