How can families begin healing?
Craig Scott, brother of Columbine victim speaks out
- Duration 6:55
- Date Dec 16, 2012
Craig Scott, brother of Columbine victim speaks out
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Shooting it was to say it will be a very difficult healing process for the families.
Of the shooting victims and their town someone who knows this pain all too well joins us this morning.
-- -- sister Rachel was the first person killed -- the calm my high school.
Massacre in Colorado -- he was in the school library during that Rampage Greg thanks for being with us this morning thank -- Think you Greg I remember your story so vivid -- I think the whole country does I remember you were just say you know I young man.
In those hours after column by and -- -- -- So compellingly and passionately.
And I can only imagine now how more reports of school massacres like this affect you what happened on Friday when you heard the news.
-- like everyone just extreme sadness and broken hearted and I knew that.
Especially -- for parents who lost their children.
And how -- -- say they are going to be.
And it also it just.
It it also just made me think about.
Kind of where my generation is.
As far as what our values -- and in a spiritual condition of our generation -- I look at the last few shootings that happened off from guys in their twenties -- And also kinda made me angry.
Craig I was there for the weeks that followed -- column might as well being from Denver and unfortunately covered that I'm curious.
About what you just said about your generation and values what needs to change what is your message to people.
In their late teens early -- what does need to change in terms of priorities and values today.
Well every week I'm all across the country spending time with.
Teenagers and people and -- -- -- colleges.
And I think that that we as a generation have to ask herself as Americans.
What are our values and and what do we stand for what do we believe in.
There's there's a war culturally in our hearts going on today I think and and there's a lot of dark things that.
Then I think that these shooters in and other people.
Are are are tapping into so much violence in the media and so was dark stuff over the Internet they're being influenced by.
Winning this online lifestyle.
And I just think where where is the respect for life.
The sanctity of life I know that when I travel around on -- -- teenagers that whether it's at home -- school there.
They're not growing up in it in a culture where there really getting to learn about what are the values of that.
That they're going to hold on to that are important.
And I think about this my father's generation.
I know that no one in his generation would have dreamed of going into kindergarten class and killing every kindergarten unless they were just absolutely crazy.
It these are crazy.
These are crazy people -- -- there -- they can think can rationalize logically.
-- -- shooting in that -- wharf theater or this one that happened.
And and so I think that when you have.
If my generation embraces certain values and certain things spiritually that.
It's going to be like -- lights and and and in NN.
And there's a lot of darkness right now and in in in our in our culture in our generation.
It that this is some of the things that I certainly think about.
-- -- you know we -- your mom yesterday.
As she is really inspirational I mean I it was so striking to hear her say that.
The parents will someday.
Get past their grief she talked about it we'll take a long time but some day you will be able to smile again but one thing she said that really stuck with me.
Is she she thought you were going to be a casualty to not literally and figuratively there were two years after this you were so grief stricken as she thought you were lost.
How did you turn.
It around personally.
Wife went through a lot of depression and I went through a lot of anger after the shooting -- hated the two shooters.
And I -- -- anger around with me any time someone talked about him or thought about him.
It was like this black cloud enveloped me and I started to take it out -- people -- I was close with.
And it took time that I eventually.
Found that the way to.
Not hold on to that was to forgive and let go.
And a lot of times people don't understand forgiveness and thinking that it's saying what someone it is okay.
But it wasn't that it was -- letting go of their right to hate.
And I just knew that that for me I didn't want to be a bitter person down the road.
And I think that with people in this community.
Whoever right to be angry at what has happened.
That they will.
Think about who they want to be down the road and now what they're gonna choose to focus on.
My my -- some of the things that helped me get through -- was sticking together with my family and my faith.
Really helps me.
Heal mentally and spiritually.
And you talked about on the speaking you and your -- -- around the country and that's called Rachel's challenge which travel to schools nationwide educate parents and kids.
You talk in part about the code of ethics and your sister actually wrote before.
She was killed not many high schoolers write a code of ethics.
What is the message that Rachel that that's your sister would want you to continue preaching across the country.
Or her message was to step out of your way in compassion.
For other people to show kindness.
And start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.
And she went out of her way for people that were on outside people that were hurting.
She had a heart for these people.
And that's the same challenge that we give to teens and and -- ends and colleges and even elementary schools all across the country.
And we seeing students accepting that -- as they get to hear about a teenager.
And we've presented them a role model someone who believed.
That she can make a difference through simple acts of kindness.
And feeling for other people.
Well Chris got your sister and you.
Have been real -- lights in the darkness.
Of these terrible tragedies it's wonderful to speak to.
Thanks so much for for bringing your inspirational message.
We'll tell you -- and find more information Rachel's challenge on -- many questions remain.