Silence, laughter, tears. All emotions flowed through Faith Hall this past Tuesday as Columbine High School survivor Craig Scott spoke to TFA students about his experience, but more importantly about the inherent value each student has within them.
In the wake of the tragic April 20, 1999 school shooting that took the lives of 12 students and 1 teacher, Scott has taken the impact that his sister, Rachel Scott, left behind and travels the world sharing the important lesson with students and families about finding value in others, and yourself.
During three assemblies for Upper School, Middle School, and The Classical Schools students, Scott perfectly wove the lessons from his own life and others to remind students that they have God-given value and in order to make an impact in their lives, they must also see that value in others.
“Treat people like they are valuable. We are responsible for our words, emotions, and thoughts. We have the power to not believe what other people say about us,” Scott said.
Between his own heart-wrenching story, Scott shared the legacy his sister made in the halls of Columbine High School, standing up for students that were left out, bullied, or ignored. He also shared the dramatic power of God in her life and God’s presence in his own on the day of the tragic shooting, and every day since.
Scott reminded students that if they focus on anger, bitterness, anxiety, fear, or other negative emotions it will consume them, but if they “let go, be free,” they will find the potential to see past their problems, and live life for others, not just themselves.
It starts in the hallways, in the classrooms, and at home. Scott’s powerful message impacted all students in a positive way, with many students commenting that he was the best chapel speaker this year thus far. Scott also spoke to TFA parents in a special Parent University session on Tuesday night.