Rachel Joy ScottRachel Scott

Rachel was born August 5, 1981. She had two sisters and two brothers. Their parents shared coustody of the children after a divorce. Rachel would attend Coumbine High School. She was a part of the schools thearter production club. She was an aspiring writer and actress and even had a leading role in a student-written play. She was a devout christian and was an active group leader at Orchard Road Christian Center Church. She dreamed of making the world better. Rachel was the first victim of the Columbine High School massacre. 12 students, and one teacher would be shot to death before the shooters would take their own lives. Rachel was eating lunch with a friend on the lawn outside the schools library when she suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her head, chest, arms and leg. Rachels younger brother was in the library where the bulk of the carnage took place. He survived unharmed.

 

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Rachel was shot while she was eating lunch on the school lawn with Richard Castaldo. At first she got hit by a volley of gunfire by Eric Harris. After she had been hit, he saw that she wasn't dead, and he came back and fired at her again. This time she died.

Rachel was one of the first students killed, and witnesses have said that she was shot only because she carried a Bible.

After the shooting, her red Acura, parked where she left it in a lot between a park and the school, became a flower and card covered shrine, often surrounded by weeping and praying classmates.

During the shooting, her younger brother Craig, 16, pretended to be dead in the library and helped lead others to safety.

Rachel's father, Darrell Scott, believes Rachel knew she was going to die young. He points to an entry in her diary written less than a year before the shooting. It reads: "This is my last year, Lord. I have gotten what I can. Thank you." She had also spoken to friends about how she would never have a chance to marry.

Rachel was 17 years old, and a junior at Columbine High School. She played the lead in a student written schoolplay, "Smoke In The Room" and liked photography. Rachel was a known as a strong Christian, and had lead a weekly prayer and Bible study group of fellow teens for the past year and a half. She was active in the Celebration Christian Fellowship, and was hoping to work as a missionary in Africa.

She earned good grades, and was working at the Subway sandwich shop, a couple of blocks from Columbine High School, to pay off the car she had borrowed from her parents. Rachel is survived by two brothers and two sisters.

In a diary addressed to God, Rachel wrote, "I want you to use me to reach the unreached." The diary was in her backpack the day she was shot, and has a bullet hole.


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Rachel Joy Scott
Born Rachel Joy Scott
August 5, 1981(1981-08-05)
Died April 20, 1999(1999-04-20) (aged 17)
Columbine High School
Columbine, Colorado, United States
Resting place Columbine Memorial Gardens at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Littleton, Colorado
39°35′56.00″N -104°56′43.01″E / 39.59889°N 103.0547194°W / 39.59889; -103.0547194
Parents Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott (b. 1949)
Relatives Dana Scott (b. 1976), sister
Mike Scott (b. 1984), brother
Craig Scott (b. 1983), brother
Bethanee McCandless (b. 1975), sister
Website
racheljoyscott.com

Rachel Joy Scott (August 5, 1981 – April 20, 1999) was the first victim of the Columbine High School massacre, which claimed the lives of 12 students, one teacher and the two perpetrators, in one of the deadliest high school shootings in United States history.

She has since been the subject of several books and is the inspiration for Rachel's Challenge, a nationwide school outreach program for the prevention of teen violence, based on her life and writings. The program's speakers include her father, Darrell Scott, and brothers, Craig and Mike Scott.[1] Her mother, Beth Nimmo, has also authored books and is the speaker for Rachel Joy Scott Ministries, to perpetuate her daughter's legacy.

BackgroundRachel Joy Scott was born on August 5, 1981, the third of five children of Darrell Scott (born 1949) and Beth Nimmo. Her older sisters are Bethanee (born 1975) and Dana (born 1976) and her two younger brothers are Craig (born 1983) and Mike (born 1984). Her father had formerly pastored a church in Lakewood, Colorado, but left the ministry when the marriage ended in divorce in 1989. The following year, Beth and the children moved to the Littleton, Colorado area, where she remarried in 1995. Darrell Scott became a sales manager for a food company in the Denver area and had joint custody of the children with their mother. As a child, Rachel attended Governor's Ranch Elementary School, and subsequently Ken Caryl Middle School. Coincidentally, she knew Dylan Klebold since kindergarten, and Rachel remained in the same classes with Klebold until their deaths. They were both members of Columbine's theater production club.

At the time of her death, the 17-year old Columbine High School junior was an aspiring writer and actress. She had the leading role in a student-written play. Described as a devout Christian by her mother, she was active as a youth group leader at Orchard Road Christian Center Church near Littleton and was known for her friendliness and compassionate nature. Rachel left behind six diaries and several essays about her belief in God and how she wanted to change the world through small acts of kindness.[6] Shortly before her death, Rachel wrote an essay for school stating, "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." Some sources claim that the journal Rachel kept shared some similarities to Anne Frank's famous diary. Both girls preached compassion and care.

DeathSee also: Columbine High School massacre
Rachel was shot while eating lunch with a friend, Richard Castaldo, on the lawn outside the school's library. She was killed by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold with multiple gunshot wounds to her head, chest, arm, and leg. After the killings, her car was turned into a flower-bedecked memorial in the school's parking lot by grieving students. Rachel's younger brother, Craig, was also at the school at the time. He was in the library where most of the carnage took place. He survived unharmed.

Early news reports said that one of the gunmen, after having first shot Rachel in her leg, picked her up by her hair and asked the wounded girl if she still believed in God, and that she had answered "You know I do". Her response provoked a second, fatal shot to her head at point-blank range. Some accounts attributed this version of events to Castaldo, who was severely wounded in the attack. Although his mother told a Dateline NBC interviewer about the exchange, Castaldo denied telling this story in a December 1999 Time magazine interview. The FBI later concluded that the exchange did not take place. Despite the controversy surrounding this issue, Rachel's parents contend in their book, Rachel's Tears: the Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott, that their daughter was targeted by the killers and died as a martyr for her Christian faith. This was based on videotapes made by the teenage perpetrators in which they are said to mock Rachel by name for her beliefs.

FuneralScott's funeral on April 24, 1999, was attended by more than 2,000 people and was televised throughout the nation. It was the most watched event on CNN up to that point, surpassing even the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Roger Rosenblatt of Time magazine wrote in his commentary that her funeral was "... ineradicable because of the photograph of your bright and witty face, now sadly familiar to the country, and because of the loving and admiring testimonies of your family."

AwardsRachel Joy Scott was posthumously awarded the 2001 National Kindness Award for Student of the Year by the Acts of Kindness Association. In 2006, the National Education Association (NEA) of New York awarded Darrell Scott and Rachel's Challenge the Friend of Education Award.

In June, 2009, Darrell Scott was selected in a nationwide vote of more than 750,000 baseball fans as the Colorado Rockies "All-Stars Among Us" winner, based on individual public service for his efforts in starting the Rachel's Challenge campaign. He was honored along with the other 29 winners representing all major league baseball teams as part of the pregame ceremonies at the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 14, 2009.

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