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Blaze Exclusive: Columbine Survivor Reacts to Connecticut Elementary School Massacre

"On the deepest level, these are spiritual problems that we are having in our country."

As the world struggled to understand the unspeakable tragedy unfolding in Newtown, Conn., a man who knows tragedy all too well joined Scott Baker, TheBlaze's editor-in-chief, on Friday to discuss the implications of such an earth-shattering event.

Craig Scott survived the Columbine shooting in April of 1999. However, his sister Rachel was among the 13 students killed on that fateful day. Scott also lost some of his closest friends in the shooting.

After the gunman had left the library, where he was hiding under a table, Scott heroically led a group of students out of the school to safety. What he did not know at the time was that his sister had been the first student to die that day.

In the years since, Scott's family started a non-profit group based on Rachel's idea of starting a "chain reaction of kindness." Rachel's Challenge is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization based in Littleton, Colo. that seeks to teach kindness and compassion while fighting against school bullying.

During his appearance on Friday's "Blazecast," Scott said the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a "senseless act of violence." The shooter, identified as Adam Lanza, opened fire inside the Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked as a teacher, killing 26 people, including 20 children.

The way to prevent such horrific acts of violence, Scott explained, is to change the culture in the United States. He talked about a culture that often times encourages the "dehumanizing" of individuals, whether it's violent video games or easily accessible pornography on the web.

"What happens when you are a person that grows up today and at school you're not taught about character, integrity or values…at school you are picked on and bullied and at school teachers care more about your test scores and your knowledge and your academic achievement than the condition of your heart," Scott said. "And when we were concerned about the heart we were number one in the world in education as a first world nation."

"On the deepest level, these are spiritual problems that we are having in our country," he added.

 

To find out more about Rachel's Challenge, click here.

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