EVENT CANCELED: Columbine shooting survivor headed to Anchorage to address forgiveness


    Update: This event has been canceled, but there are plans to reschedule the presentation at a later date.

    Twenty-two years ago, two students, armed with shotguns, rifles and bombs, entered Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and murdered 12 students and one teacher before taking their own lives.

    Craig Scott was there on April 20, 1999, as was his sister, Rachel Joy, who was the first student killed. Her story was told in the 2016 movie, “I’m Not Ashamed.”

    Scott is scheduled to speak in Anchorage about his personal experience of witnessing the deaths of close friends and peers inside the school library, as well as the aftermath of that tragic day. His presentation will be Aug. 12, 6 p.m., at Changepoint Church.

    Scott has spoken to over a million people through his organization, Value-Up, and he also participated in the series, “After Columbine.” On Aug. 12, he will share lessons behind Columbine, talk about forgiveness, challenge people to value themselves and others, and look at how to create a long-term healthy culture.

    Tickets to the presentation are $10 and available here. For more information, contact Rina Bretz at 907-202-4232 or

    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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    1. I wonder if Columbine, Co is more Christian or less after the tragedy. We can’t love one another (very well) If we dont love God first because God is love and through loving Him we can not help not help loving our enemies like how we love our friends.

    2. The hardest, but most freeing ‘action’ I took in my near 75 years? That forgiving my torturer, abuser was not for that demoniac.. but for Me! As Father God says we must do. Excellent book for women ” Healing the Soul of a Woman. Men can learn much there also.

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