Scott will share personal message of triumph over tragedy

Scott will share personal message of triumph over tragedy by David Lias Ask to speak to a leading expert about the violence that ripped through Columbine High School nearly three years ago and Darrell Scott's name pops up.

He's recognized as a top authority on the subject, because the April 20, 1999 tragedy in Colorado changed his life forever.

Scott will share his unique experiences with the Vermillion community Tuesday, Feb. 26. He is scheduled to speak in Slagle Hall at The University of South Dakota at 8 p.m.

Scott is the father of Rachel Joy Scott, one of the victims at Columbine. His son, Craig, was in the library that day and watched as 10 of his classmates were gunned down. Two of his close friends died beside him, and his sister, Rachel was killed just outside the library door, a few yards away.

On that tragic day, Rachel Scott and others, when asked, "Do you believe in God?" said, "Yes." She died moments later, but the story of her life has reached around the world. Rachel's Tears, the bestselling book by Rachel Scott's parents, provides a fresh look at God's sovereign purposes in the lives of his people.

Chain Reaction: A Call to Compassionate Revolution, Darrell Scott's current book is also timely in the wake of schoolyard shootings that followed the Columbine incident. Scott believes, as his daughter wrote just one month before she was killed, that "compassion is the greatest form of love that humans have to offer ? I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same."

Scott is the leading spokesperson from the Columbine tragedy addressing the issue of violence among teens. He believes that kindness is the most effective antidote for violence, but that it can come bearing a very high price. Scott has spoken to millions of people over the last few months through television, radio and in large gatherings of people.

He has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Christianity Today and many other publications around the world. He has been interviewed countless times by major media figures including Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and Leeza Gibbons. He has also met with key government officials, from the president to governors, senators and congressmen.

Scott said his most important meetings are with the young people of the nation, and his message is one of triumph through tragedy. He shares writings from the numerous diaries that his daughter left behind as well as some of the untold stories of Columbine.

The purpose of his new book Chain Reaction (Thomas Nelson Publishers, April 2001) is to assist teens, educators, parents, civic groups and churches to reach out to those who are troubled, to "Welcome the Outcasts" (chapter 11), and to create a culture where kindness rather than bullying is cool, and where violence is no longer commonplace.

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