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Columbine survivor speaks to Hook students
Posted on 09/20/2019

VICTORVILLE — Craig Scott, a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, recently delivered a powerful message about the value of human life to Hook Junior High School students. 

Scott spoke at a pair of assemblies for Hook students on Sept. 13 and at a community event later the same day. Scott travels the country in an effort to combat school bullying and to prevent youth suicides.

On April 20, 1999, Scott was in the Columbine High School library, where 10 of the 12 shooting victims were killed. He escaped the library but later learned that his sister, Rachel Scott, had been shot and killed outside the school.

School bullying and the difficulties faced by adolescents in junior high and high school were among the many issues raised by the shooting — issues that Craig Scott tries to address in his presentation.

He shared emotional stories about his relationship with his sister and a chilling account of the shooting. He led a few friends out of the library before the shooters returned and killed several of their victims.  

His message, which he has shared at speaking engagements across the country, inspires students to value themselves as well as others.

“The biggest thing the shooting taught me was the value of human life,” Scott said.  

Visit value-up.org for more about Scott’s nonprofit organization.

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