Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Martyrdom of Rachel Scott

As many of us know, the Columbine High School Massacre in Littleton, Colorado on April 20, 1999 was the deadliest shooting in an American high school. The two perpetrators were Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and together they murdered 13 and injured 24.

This post honors Rachel Scott, the first victim of the massacre, and her faith. Rachel was described as a devout Christian by her mother, she was active as a youth group leader, and was known for her friendliness and compassion. 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. Rachel wrote an essay for school in which was included, “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.” May the discipleship of Rachel Scott be remembered.

She was the first victim in the massacre that took place. She was eating lunch with a friend when she was killed due to shots fired at her head, torso, and leg. Early reports said that one of the gunmen, after having first shot Rachel in her leg, asked her if she still believed in God, and that she had simply answered "You know I do". Her response provoked a second, fatal shot to her head. The FBI later concluded that this verbal exchange did not take place. However, it is quite clear that Rachel Scott died as a martyr for being Christian, even if the verbal exchange didn't take place. This conclusion is based on videotapes made by the murderers in which they are said to mock Rachel for her beliefs.

Rest In Peace, Rachel Scott.

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