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On April 20, 1999, Craig Scott was in the library of Columbine High School when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold gunned down his fellow students right before his eyes. His sister, Rachel, was one of the first to die in that shooting.

Today, Craig travels across the country and speaks to thousands of teens every month about the importance of fostering "an atmosphere of kindness and compassion" in classrooms to stop school violence.

Craig urges Virginia Tech and the media covering the story to avoid focusing on the negative. "It's really easy to look back and see that ... the warning signs, and you can study all the things that the shooter left behind and you can try to say, 'Why didn't we see this coming?'" Craig says. "The big concern that I have is the attention and focus that's put on the shooter. [Reports say], 'It's the most bloody, the biggest, the record...' and records can be broken. And I have found students that actually idolize the two shooters at Columbine."

Instead, Craig urges everyone to focus on the positive. "Where you choose to focus immediately is very important. What you're going to choose to spend your time thinking about," he says. "We've focused on my sister, Rachel, who's so compassionate and kind. And from that, that's the opposite of that anger and hatred."
FROM: An Oprah Special Report:  Lisa Ling at Virginia Tech
Published on January 01, 2006


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