Columbine Survivor, Evan Todd
Evan was the first student shot in the library. After realizing that they had not killed him, he was the last survivor to talk with the killers in the library; he talked them out of murdering him. Incurring shotgun wounds to the face, neck and back, Evan was able still to maintain a clear and thoughtful mind. After escaping from the library, Evan’s character allowed him to save his own life and help save the lives of two other students. As a fellow student stated, Evan “also did everything in his power to keep fellow students around him calmed & reassured”. The National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of America awarded Evan Todd the Honor Medal.
Since the Columbine Massacre, Evan has spoken literally coast to coast and across America to hundreds public and private high schools, colleges, churches, youth groups, businesses groups and Boy Scouts troops. Some of his engagements have included the Crystal Cathedral in California, the Top Hands Convention of the Boy Scouts of America, Boston, The Columbine Survivor Project in New York, throughout California, Washington, D.C. and the Colorado House & Senate. He has also help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Boy Scouts of America.
On April 20, 2001 the Colorado State Legislature honored him with a Commendation from both the House & Senate as well as by the New York State Legislature. In addition, he is a recipient of the prestigious Young American Award for 2001 from the Boy Scouts of America National Board of Directors.
In High School Evan was a varsity football and wrestling member and was awarded “The Spirit of Columbine” award for his positive representation of the school and peers in attitude, behavior and demeanor and setting a positive example to the youth of his community. United States Senator Wayne Allard has entered two of his speeches (to the general public and to the Boy Scouts of America) into The Congressional Record in 2001.
He has traveled to Europe to share his message. He was also invited to Eufurt, Germany to spend time with the victims of a terrible school shooting there and has spent time with 9/11 firemen.
In 2005, Evan went on a speaking hiatus to pursue education. Through education, Evan quickly found his way into the business world. But, as the years passed and as the fabric of America seemed to fray more and more, Evan felt drawn back to raising awareness and motivating America to once again take a stand to overcome the challenges we face. Now he is back with more determination and energy. He has chosen to take a stand. Will you?
Evan speaks on faith, anti-violence, bullying, the importance of good character and personal motivation, education, family, Scouting and other teen and young adult issues.