Columbine Student’s Father … YEARS Later!!

Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this.

Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he had to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert!

These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.

The following is a portion of the transcript:

Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent. I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.


Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.

What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws.

Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.”

As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.

To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge.

Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!

My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!
– Darrell Scott

Do what the media did not – – let the nation hear this man’s speech.


  1. upaces88 says:

    I realize I am pushing the envelope here….because you and your article got me to thinking.
    The Bullying has never stopped in other ways…not in schools; not in businesses; And, Bullying has become a part of our society…Our society-at-large.

    I wanted to go back to work, but I did NOT want to work in the society we are in now. So? I thought a great place to work would be with animals. I went to work at a very exclusive Doggie Daycare (of all things).
    I saw young women (ages between 20-32) actually punch each other in the face over “who was going to be the Supervisor of the Week.” I was absolutely shocked!! I was just there to make a few extra bucks and be close to animals (I have 3 dogs in my small home: A 100 lb. Rottie, Delilah; a Yorkie (Lola); and a mixed Spaniel (Mike). They BELIEVE that because they show up to work, they DESERVE to be BOSS..

    The owner…the owner worked with animals because she didn’t like people. I certainly understand that…. but as the ol’ Bush “Trickle Down Effect” seems to have become viral in many ways. The TOP DOG (BOSS) sets the tone of any business whether it is a school environment, business,…Or…..

    Our entire society seems to have grown toxic. I don’t belong in our society out in the workplace. I was raised to: “Give the man (or company) our best effort all of the hours you are there.” I was raised to have ethics and a positive work ethic.

    I am NOT seeing that in our society today. “Trickle Down” again.


  2. upaces88 says:

    You are right. I guess those events just brought up a lot of memories…unpleasant memories.
    And, thank you for your patience and my post since I was off on the subject matter.


    1. letvent says:

      I’m always happy to hear others’ opinions, even if they don’t agree with my own, and I’m also happy to hear from you as well. Hope you have a great day. 🙂


  3. upaces88 says:

    I could not get the Professors to understand that I was NOT defending the violence. I was explaining the causes of the violence in my class discussions and in my papers.

    They HAD to give me an “A” on my term paper about the problems with Bullies. My papers were flawless. They didn’t like it; nor did they like me. I ended up being bullied by some of the staff all through my graduate years due to my opinion…EVEN THOUGH my term papers received “A”(s) due to my research. They didn’t like it when I used as one of my references, “The Shadow University…The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses.”


  4. upaces88 says:

    I was in graduate school at the time of Columbine (I am old…and didn’t swallow what they first told about Columbine). I started researching the story and I was NOT popular at all when I revealed some of my findings by the Liberal Professors and students.
    Let me say this first: “NO, it was not right for those boys to do that.” However, This is why they did it.
    Columbine was/is a VERY wealthy area. The young men who turned to murder were from average to poor families. The other students were wealthy. And, Kids can be very cruel….

    The young men involved had not been close friends until the “Bullying started.” To give each other support, they made friends with each other. The boys were emotionally and physically tortured. We have to remember also what was going on in their bodies at that time. Their “male hormones were also kicking in at that time.”

    Their parents DID go to the school to report the students who were constantly harassed and bullyied them. They also went to the Police Department because they were tortured emotionally everyday. What did the school administrators or the police do?

    NADDA!! The parents of the victims were the leaders and high in the social network of Columbine. So? Not one thing was done.

    I am NOT defending what they did. I am explaining HOW it happened that young men could turn violent… and the violence was “blamed on a movie.”


    1. letvent says:

      Bullying is serious, and can lead to dire consequences.

      It seems to me as if the school administration turns a blind eye to the bullying that is going on right before their eyes. I have actually seen teachers physically turning away so as not to have to acknowledge what’s going on. And when the children who are being bullied retaliate, they are the ones who are punished. They are told that they should not fight back, but should find and tell a teacher. What most don’t realize is that it usually does them no good, as nothing is accomplished by telling, except even more bullying. It’s a vicious cycle.

      The point of this post, as I understood it, was mainly that the guns shouldn’t be blamed nor the NRA for the shootings, but the shooters….which makes sense to me, as a gun on its own cannot kill anyone, without someone wielding it.

      Thank you for your response.


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