Father of Columbine Victim Speaks to Muscatine Students

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One of the students who died in the Columbine High School shootings is spreading her message of compassion to students in Muscatine, Iowa. Full Story
My heart goes to you

Wapello, IA

#2 Oct 12, 2010
My name is Tara M.. I had just heard this story go across the TV & looked it up. I had a gut feeling that this story had to do with a girl that I had written a poem for 11 years ago when she had suddenyl lost her life, Rachel Joy Scott. I wish that her parents still had the poem that I wrote for them in their time of need. It is just amazing how, ironically, when I wrote the poem 'Memories' back 11 years ago, I lived in West Central Illinois. I now live a 1/2 hour away from Muscatine & would have loved to pay respects to Rachel's father.
He is completely right. All it takes is a simple 'hello'. I know at my old high school, there were groups, there were girls who put me down because I wasn't as popular as them, did my makeup all the time or fixed my hair all the time. It wasn't right. It was one of the reasons why I had quit high school. It now hurts that I never had the chance or self esteem to finish school. I now am married & have a daughter of my own. Each day I tell her before going out the door to be nice to everyone no matter who it is. Every child deserves a chance to be brought up & have friends.
A simple 'hello' can mean so much to a child, kid, high schooler, any of those. It is rude to judge someone by what they wear or don't wear, what they have or don't have, what religion they are or race. Who knows, they might have the greatest personality of anyone you've ever met, they might even be your soulmate in the future, but because you choose to be stingy, because you choose to judge them, because you choose not to say 'hello', you'll never know. You're losing out on having more friends.
Maybe one day I will be able to give Rachel's parents yet another copy of the poem that I wrote over a decade ago. I will wait for that moment!
Warmest regards always,
Tara M.

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