Father of Rachel Scott, who was murdered at Columbine High School
Darrell Scott is the father of Rachel Joy Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shooting that occurred on April 20, 1999. His son Craig also attended Columbine and was in the library that day. Craig watched as 10 of his classmates were gunned down including two of his best friends who were huddled beside him under a table. Craig unknowingly ran past the body of his sister lying on the sidewalk as he helped other students escape the carnage of the library.
Through the horrible tragedy that day has come a message of hope and kindness as Darrell travels around the globe telling the story of Rachel's life and Craig's remarkable recovery. Rachel's simple message of extending kindness and compassion to those who are bullied or are simply overlooked, has created a chain reaction that has transformed school campuses and communities everywhere. Rachel wrote in her diaries and drew pictures that have been read and seen by millions of people since her death. Darrell tells of a young girl who knew from an early age that her life was going to have an impact on the world. He has written three books, Rachel's Tears, Chain Reaction and Rachel Smiles all relating stories about Rachel and the lives she touched. Rachel's story continues to captivate and stir the people who hear Darrell speak from a fathers heart.
Darrell has spoken to over 5 million people in the years following the tragedy at Columbine. He has keynoted for Southwest Airlines, Motorola, and many other organizations. He has spoken in more than 120 colleges and universities and his organization, Rachel's Challenge, reaches over 1.5 million students, teachers, and parents every year.