Columbine shooting survivor urges Lyndonville students to spread kindness

Photo courtesy of Lyndonville Central School: Craig Scott brought a message about kindness to Lyndonville Central School. His sister Rachel was one of 13 people – 12 students and one teacher – murdered in the Columbine school shooting on April 20, 1999.

Posted 12 April 2022 at 2:54 pm

Press Release, Lyndonville Central School

LYNDONVILLE – Craig Scott, inspirational speaker and Columbine survivor, recently visited Lyndonville Central School to spread the importance of valuing yourself and others and spreading kindness whenever possible.

The speaker held three age and content appropriate assemblies and two training sessions for select students and staff.

Inspired by his sister, Rachel Scott, Craig discussed the importance of kindness. His message in each assembly was that people will never know how far a little kindness can go. By being kind to others, you may start a chain reaction and others will be kind too.

The message to our 10th through 12th grade students incorporated kindness with setting goals, valuing self/others and making the world a better place as they graduate and begin their journey into adulthood. Our 6th through 9th grade students discussed respect and kindness to self and others and being aware of actions and words, especially online. They were encouraged to find ways to have a positive impact.

The message to our elementary students focused on instilling kindness and compassion, and they discussed bullying and being brave enough to do the right thing, even when it is difficult.

Craig encouraged all students to do five things regularly:

  1. Use kind words and do kind things
  2. Accept and include others
  3. Choose positive influences
  4. Set goals
  5. Keep a journal

Students who volunteered to be part of a leadership group called Friends of Rachel, developed seven projects to continue and sustain kindness throughout the district. In the next few weeks, these projects will unite students and show how each of us matters and contributes to making the world a better place.

“Craig Scott did an outstanding job connecting with each age group of students and provided insightful training for our staff,” said Interim Superintendent Sharon Smith. “It is the hope that Lyndonville’s chain of kindness will grow and continue to promote a positive school culture and climate for years to come.”