Personal Stories

  • Moving On: 17 Years Later

    Jamie (Kettlewell) Price Columbine High School Class of 2002 It’s been seventeen years since my life changed on April 20, 1999. The day I was trapped in my school while two gunmen opened fire and killed a total of 13 people, including themselves. Seventeen years. That seems like such a long time. I have done […]

  • A New Rebel

    Sherrie Lawson Washington Navy Yard  It was 2am and I was distraught and exhausted. I had not been able to sleep for more than three hours at night. Anxiety made it extremely difficult to fall asleep and once I hit the REM stage of sleep nightmares played on repeat. I was constantly running from shadows, […]

  • Passing The Time

    Passing the Time Heather Egeland, Columbine survivor and Rebels Project co-founder I’ve mentioned before that I don’t watch the news. I avoid it at all costs, actually. So it’s no surprise that I didn’t know until the day it was happening that the Columbine memorial was being unveiled. I was at my parent’s house, stopping […]

  • Near Miss/Remote Miss

    Joseph Pazar, Sparks Middle School Survivor Malcom Gladwell explains the concept of a near-miss and remote-miss in his book David and Goliath. A near-miss leaves someone devastated both physically and emotionally while a remote-miss leads to a path of growth and increased strength. My story is one of anxiously trying to turn my situation into […]