Missy Jenkins Smith to Speak About Her New Book at Paducah MSU Campus


By WSIL Events

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

August 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Location: Paducah, KY

Event Description

On December 1, 1997, a freshman boy who had been bullied for years walked into the Heath High School lobby in Paducah and fired a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol. Three students were killed. Five were injured.
One of the critically injured girls was 15-year-old sophomore Missy Jenkins, who was left paralyzed from the chest down. But just hours after the shooting, Missy did the unthinkable: she forgave the shooter, accepted her disability, and reclaimed her life.
During the next 16-plus years Missy would graduate from college, become a counselor for troubled students, marry her college sweetheart, give birth to two children, speak publicly about her life to tens of thousands of youth and adults, write an award-winning memoir, and confront the shooter face-to-face in prison.
She would earn many local and national honors, from Kentuckian of the Year to one of Ladies' Home Journal's Most Fascinating Women and would appear on Oprah, Good Morning America, Dateline and Anderson Cooper 360.
Her new book, I Choose Happiness, is a story of love, forgiveness, courage and determination that will leave readers of all ages inspired to make the most of each day.
Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation is sponsoring the event.
The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow her remarks.
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