Beth Nimmo to speak at Knox Central

The community is invited to hear Beth Nimmo, mother of Rachel Joy Scott, speak at Knox Central High School on Friday, January 15.

Rachel was the first student killed in the Columbine High School shootings in 1999 that tragically claimed the lives of 14 students (including the 2 gunmen) and a brave teacher.

Millions of people across the globe have been challenged and encouraged by Rachel’s story over the past 16 years.  Rachel left a legacy of kindness and compassion, coupled with a strong faith and powerful writings left behind in her journals.  Beth also came very close to losing her son, Craig, who narrowly escaped the school only before seeing two of his own friends lose their lives.

Beth wants to serve as Rachel’s voice to lift up a standard for other youth and families to follow.  She has spoken to hundreds of schools and thousands of students since the tragedy.

Beth will share the testimony of her daughter Rachel and have a word of encouragement for families amid such pain and sorrow.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Overcoming fear
  • Forgiveness
  • The importance of speaking with someone if you need help
  • The consequences of negative actions from an event like Columbine
  • A message to parents, making sure they communicate with their child(ren)

Two student assemblies and an afternoon community assembly have been scheduled; but parents, guardians and community members are invited to attend any of the three.

Juniors and seniors will hear Beth speak from 9:55am to 10:50 am, freshman and sophomores from 12:55pm to 1:50 pm, and the afternoon session will be held beginning at 5pm.