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April 20th, 1999. Columbine High School, Colorado. Two young shooters entered the school property in what would culminate into an almost hour long school shooting event that would end in the death of twelve students and one teacher. The first student to loose their life was seventeen year old Rachel Joy Scott. Long before that tragic day, however, her life was making an impact. From the creators of God’s Not Dead, Pure Flix Entertainment, comes the true and inspiring story of Rachel Joy Scott-- I’m Not Ashamed. The faith of one young girl cost her her life, but saved many more. Starring Masey McLain as Rachel, Ben Davies as Nathan Ballard, David Errigo Jr. as Eric Harris, and Cory Chapman as Dylan Klebold I’m Not Ashamed brings to life the powerful story of Rachel Joy Scott, and her unwavering faith and compassion.
Rachel Joy Scott
Rachel Joy Scott, born on August 5, 1981, was the third child of five born to Darrell and Beth Scott. Rachel was raised in a Christian home-- her father pastored a church in Lakewood, Colorado-- and from a young age faith was very important to her. In 1989, her parents divorced and Rachel moved with her mother and siblings to Littleton, Colorado. Throughout her life Rachel’s parents had a cordial relationship, and they had joint custody of the children, meaning Rachel remained close to both parents.
Rachel’s high school years were busy, happy, and meaningful. She was active in youth group, lead a Bible study group, participated in forensics club, was a member of drama at Columbine and attended three churches. According to her friends Rachel had a stylish, sparkly, joyful personality, and was known for her kindness. She loved to draw and write, and left behind six personal diaries as well as multiple journals she shared with her friends. It is these journals that the film I’m Not Ashamed is based on. Before the Columbine shooting claimed her life, the seventeen year old was an aspiring writer and actress. Two weeks before the shooting she starred in the school play, one of the shooters-- Dylan Klebold--ran the lighting. She had a heart of compassion and a desire to reach the unreached. In fact, she had plans to visit Botswana later that summer to build homes and spread the love of Jesus. Perhaps, however, what best describes her personality and heart was a statement she shared in a school essay only a few weeks before her death. She said, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”
The film I’m Not Ashamed brings to life this kind, gentle, loving personality that was Rachel Joy Scott. On the day of the shooting Rachel was on the target list of the two shooters. They had shared a class with Rachel, and hated her outspoken faith and attempts to reach out to them. As they approached the school they saw Rachel eating lunch with her friend on the lawn outside of the library. She was shot three times by Eric Harris, and as she lay dying he picked her up by her hair and asked her if she still believed in God. Rachel affirmed that she did indeed love God, and they watched her die. Her younger brother, Craig, was also in Columbine that day, and miraculously survived the shootings in the library, helping many escape. Rachel’s funeral was attended by more than 2,000 people, and millions watched it across the nation as it was televised. After her death hundreds of classmates and friends approched the Scotts, telling them how Rachel’s faith, compassion, kindness, and love had not only changed their lives, but in many cases literally saved them.
After her death, Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, started Rachel’s Challenge, a non-profit organization to spread Rachel’s example, story, and message. Rachel’s Challenge seeks to fight bullying and school crimes across the nation--things that can escalate to school shootings and suicide-- by spreading Rachel’s story and her message of spreading compassion and kindness. This organization was born out of the time after Rachel’s death that is dramatized in the film I’m Not Ashamed. After her death Rachel’s family began to realize the significant impact her small acts of kindness had, as hundreds of stories began pouring in. So, the mission of Rachel’s Challenge was born, “Making schools safer, more connected places where bullying and violence are replaced with kindness and respect; and where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest.” Using Rachel’s writings, drawings, stories of Columbine survivors, and footage from that fateful day, a team of speakers-- including Rachel’s family members-- travels the nation bringing her story and a message of hope to schools. Through school assemblies, workshops, and outreach Rachel’s Challenge builds positive relationships between peers, and tells kids they are loved, valued, and have hope. Rachel’s Challenge works to ensure that the events like the Columbine Shooting viewers see in I’m Not Ashamed does not happen again, but that Rachel’s dream lives on.
I’m Not Ashamed brings to life the powerful story of Rachel Joy Scott. Although the ending may seem sad, the film is filled with positive messages, and the knowledge that Rachel is at home with her beloved Jesus. The message of unwavering faith, will inspire and encourage viewers to stand strong in their beliefs, while Rachel’s joy, kindness, compassion, and love will spur individuals on to live as salt and light in a broken, evil world-- no matter what the consequences.
I’m Not Ashamed has not yet been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. This film does include some violence and hatred, and some topics and issues may not be suitable for younger viewers. As always, it is recommend that parents preview all content to determine what is suitable for their children.
April 20th, 1999. Columbine High School, Colorado. Two young shooters entered the school property in what would culminate into an almost hour long school shooting event that would end in the death of twelve students and one teacher.