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I Am Not Ashamed Movie Allows Rachel Scott to Live On

Some of you may look at this and say, “Who is Rachel Scott?”

If you remember the story of the Columbine Massacre, two words that still to this day make me breathe just a bit slower, then you know some of Rachel Scott’s story. If you know anything about clichés, then when I say “some” consider I am with the best of intentions as I recall “some” as just the “tip of the iceberg.”

Rachel Scott was born in Denver, Colorado. She loved the usual things little girls adored like Barbie’s, music, and playing dress-up. She was the middle child- middle of five that is- but she never lacked attention. Rachel loved being around people. She enjoyed time with her family, her friends, and never neglected a good sleepover.

One thing Rachel’s family noticed most about her, was even as a young person, is she seemed to have what I have heard referred to as “an old soul.” This is when young people develop a connection to others in need based on a feeling. Some people have sympathy for others who are handicapped or less fortunate.  However, Rachel appeared to have more of an empathy for them, which enabled her to see not just a physical pain, but also their emotional suffrage. Rachel was mentally able to notice the social discourse in a person’s life, or the emotional pain they tried to hide, and she would reach out to those whom she felt needed her presence. (Nimmo, 2009)

Rachel’s presence was like sunshine as she was warm and inviting which she passed to others around her. She was one of those people who looked for that person in the room without a smile just so she could give them hers. She was no stranger to random acts of kindness, and at an early age, within herself she would create a strength from within influencing others around her.

Rachel’s family remembers her sense of humor, her love for the piano, and her inability to carry a tune which brought her a bit of ridicule. Rachel had a good nature and just laughed it off. Rachel was in love with the fine arts such as drama, journalism and photography. Some days, Rachel dressed in jeans and t-shirts snapping pictures, other days, she was dressed in classy heels, and skirts, her smile welcoming the camera lens.

Rachel did not think she was beautiful, but she did find a bit of joyfulness in everything she did. In swirls of laughter, she flitted about like her favorite insect, the butterfly, with a joyful smile in the likeness of her favorite song with a bittersweet symphony of lavender and yellow colors.

Rachel Joy Scott left this world on April 20th, 1999, at Columbine High School.  She was a student, a girl, and a life lost, but never was she a victim of life. Never was she ashamed to live life under the faith and convictions of her God; therefore, she was not a victim in death. (Scott, 2015)

Rachel’s story has been made into a movie. Her mother Beth has taken her journals and her writings, about her life as a student, her faith and convictions, and how her life was taken for those reasons.

With the 17th anniversary of the Columbine Massacre upon us, “I Am Not Ashamed, the Rachel Joy Scott Story” will be under production in Nashville, Tennessee until August 10th, 2015. Darrell and Beth Scott invite you to come meet Rachel Scott- come share the life, the laughter, and the memories, and help share as Rachel’s Challenge and Rachel’s Legacy, inspire others each and every day. Benny Proffitt, executive producer of the movie recalled a memory from one of Rachel’s journals, “Rachel wrote that she would one day touch the lives of millions,” and Proffitt said, “We are honored to help make this dream a reality.” (Collins, 2015)

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Rachel loved poetry and short writings that helped her to process her thoughts and questions. Rachel wanted to know everything about God. She was determined to know what HE wanted her to do. She felt a need to follow HIM, sooner than later. Her friends and family remember her life as a testimony to all of those around her. Her passion was travel- her personal goal to go outside of the United States to carry her faith and her love for Jesus Christ with her and to those around her.

Rachel wanted the world to know God, and her family wanted the world to know her. She had such a deep and resonating beat of her heart to bring HIS word to others. The family feels “Her pain must not be in vain. They are all called to pick up the torch.” In the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 65, Verse 23 “They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them.”  I feel this is the resonating beat of her soul, reminding her family, nothing is in vain, when done in the name of the Lord.

Rachel wrote poems, and created pictures to remind others of what GOD has done. One she drew a picture of a hand, and around it, she wrote- “He gave his life, for me, I will, give my life to him, Jesus Christ.” Rachel lived her life for GOD, and she gave her life to GOD. She always found comfort in knowing who she lived for, and comfort knowing, from the Book of John, Chapter 3, Verse 16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Rachel rested in her heart, knowing HE held the whole world in HIS hands, and Rachel’s soul rests today, as HE holds her in HIS hands.

About Brenda Stapleton

Brenda Stapleton is a professional writer and social media enthusiast. She is the founding columnist of from the park bench, and continues blogging under the same headline today. She is a content writer, technical writer, communication and procedural consultant, who considers it both an honor, and a privilege to have worked with such a diverse group of subject matter experts throughout the years. She feels it is through collaboration and communication with professionals in other programs, where meaningful partnerships are formed and challenging projects are culminated which produce awareness, integration, and increased success in finding solutions to mutual problems.

Brenda is a former primary and secondary educator, with a Louisiana teaching certification from (ULM) University of Louisiana at Monroe. She is a former nurse tech and registered nurse working under the ULM-RN program. She certified through the (AFA) American Fitness Association as a personal trainer, and is a certified law enforcement professional under (POST) Police Officer Standards Training in the State of Louisiana. She is well-versed in the Arts and Sciences, holding a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Arts in the discipline of Criminal Justice with minors in Sociology and Psychology. She has credited graduate work in English and Integrated Learning through Technology and Communication, carried over from her Ph.D. work in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology from Grand Canyon University.

and More…personally
Brenda grew up in Columbia, Louisiana in the same house, where her parents still live, today. She began life literally, stumbling every day. She was fitted for her first set of braces on her legs, as a toddler. She would wear braces on her legs, until the age of four, and orthopedic shoes until the age of six. Thinking the past was behind her, she took the world in leaps and bounds, until at the peak of her career, she faced yet another set-back, only this one, left her with a neurological injury that was irreversible. Since then, she has strived continuously for a career, where her passion for creativity would be fueled by the fervor of chasing a sense of sobriety that did not leave her doubtful of a future. Armed with a sense of humor, a purpose in life, and a heart full of dreams, she took the road less traveled, compliments of Robert Frost, and she has learned many things along the way.
She has learned adaptability is her best characteristic, and humility is her worst. She has learned the day is scarier than the night, for in the day you will see the harm that befalls you. She has learned unconditional love is never stronger than in the very young, and as it is in the very old. She has learned no matter what emotion a person is experiencing, a cuddly puppy can make you re-evaluate it all. She has learned the only certainty in life, is death- be ready. She has learned the most experienced emotions are forgiveness, grief and hope, and she has learned that patience is the most taught virtue.
In her free time, Brenda can be found lost in the elements of nature. She enjoys cycling, golfing, swimming, and practicing yoga. Her favorite places to be in this world are at the edge of the sand, with the ocean waves kissing her toes, or chasing her footprints away; or riding a bike through the park under the trees full of multi-colored leaves in the fall, with the wind blowing gently at her face, and is deeply overwhelmed by nature. It’s the fleeting moments when she is caught in a rainstorm, or snowflakes begin to fall, and melt as soon as they touch the warmth of skin, or when watching over a cocoon, as it changes into a butterfly, or a rose bud into bloom, when she feels human, small and meek.
Brenda is a published author of articles and blogs. She is currently writing her first book, but acknowledges her two greatest accomplishments, as the two who call her momma. She is inspired by watching her daughters become individuals, face their giants, and grow in life, while each follows her dreams and searches for a place and a purpose to aspire and grow. With several years behind her, and her children growing into adults, Brenda has taken the time to focus on her purpose. In doing so, she has unpacked the dreams she had placed away for safe keeping, and with a bit of uncertainty of what lies ahead, she sets out on yet another road less traveled, and this time, she says she takes a pen and paper along the way.

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