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Columbine victim’s dad calls for ‘culture of connectedness’

Author: Associated Press - February 22, 2018 - Updated: February 22, 2018

Christopher Liberatore kneels in prayer in Littleton in 2004 at a cross dedicated to his friend Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shooting. Tuesday marked the fifth anniversary of the tragedy at Columbine where a teacher and 12 students were killed. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

WASHINGTON — A man whose daughter was killed in the Columbine High School shooting told President Donald Trump the country “must create a culture of connectedness” to help prevent future mass killings.

Darrell Scott told Trump during an emotional listening session Wednesday that if people focus on relatedness, they can celebrate diversity and achieve unity. Scott’s daughter, Rachel, was among 13 killed in the 1999 rampage in suburban Denver.

Scott also told Trump the problem goes deeper than mental illness, noting that a lot of children who have mental health issues are kind and compassionate.

Trump had invited survivors of school violence and parents of murdered children in a show of his resolve against gun violence in the wake of last week’s shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Associated Press

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One comment

  • Kristin Corash

    February 23, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    I agree with Mr. Scott. Creating community, “a culture of connectedness,” within our schools is the best way to support student success and help prevent violence.

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