I am not going to apologize for speaking the name of Jesus... If I have to sacrifice everything... I will. – Rachel Scott
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AUTHOR: Rachel Joy Scott (August 5, 1981 – April 20, 1999) was an American student and the first murder victim of the Columbine High School massacre, which claimed the lives of 11 other students and a teacher as well as both perpetrators.
She has since been the subject of several books and is the inspiration for Rachel's Challenge, an international school outreach program and the most popular school assembly program in America. Its aim is to advocate Scott's belief, based on her life, her journals, and the contents of a two-page essay penned just a month before her murder entitled My Ethics; My Codes of Life which advocates her belief in compassion being "the greatest form of love humans have to offer".
Owing to the fact both Scott and Anne Frank died at a young age through the intolerance and hatred of others, and that both girls had written of their wishes to change the world for the better through the simple acts of love and kindness, parallels have been drawn by her uncle, among others, between the journals she wrote in her short lifespan and Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl.
Columbine Remembered in New Movie on Faith, Hope, Forgiveness
Nearly two decades after her death at Columbine, Rachel Scott's faith is touching hearts and lives in a new movie about hope and forgiveness.
Rachel Scott was just like any other 17-year-old. She worried about school, work, and graduating from high school. The life she knew came to a sudden halt in 1999 when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered her in the notorious Columbine shooting.
Scott was the first of 11 other students who were killed by their fellow classmates. Before she was fatally shot, one of the gunmen asked her if she believed in God. She answered 'yes' knowing she would pay for that answer with her life.
Scott often wrote about her relationship with Jesus and desire for compassion in her journal. Years later, that journal is now the basis of a new film title I'm Not Ashamed.
Although Scott is not alive today, her passion for those who do not know Christ is seen loud and clear in this movie.
"For the potential of this to reach the unreached, which was what her desire was – to see souls saved - I think she would think job well done," her mother Beth Nimmo told One News Now.
Nimmo believes her daughter's story is relevant to the spiritual battles in today's classrooms.
"Schools are a campus for the enemy," Nimmo stated. "It's an open playground for him, because so much of the Christian voice has been stifled there, and now only a student can have that voice. It's been stripped from any authority as far as teachers and administration go."
Rachel's story will debut in theatres in October.