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    Missy to be featured on BIO Channel's "I Survived"


    Missy to be featured on "I Survived" Aug. 15

    PADUCAH, KY. – Missy Jenkins, paralyzed from the chest down in the 1997 Heath High School shooting, will be featured on the BIO Channel’s “I Survived” at 9 p.m. EDT this Sunday, Aug. 15.

    Eight students in a prayer circle at the Paducah, Ky., school were shot on Dec. 1, 1997 by 14-year-old freshman Michael Carneal. Three were killed. Jenkins was the most seriously wounded of the five injured.

    Jenkins, now 28, is a school counselor, public speaker, community volunteer, wife, mother and author. Her award-winning book “I Choose to be Happy: A School Shooting Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy” has been endorsed by Diane Sawyer of ABC News, Robin Meade at CNN Headline News and the Kentucky Department of Education.

    “I Choose to be Happy” explores Jenkins’ compelling story, including her perspective of the shooting, grueling physical and mental rehabilitation, daily struggles and triumphs of being a paraplegic, work today as a day treatment center counselor for troubled teens and motherhood.

    It also includes a verbatim account of Carneal’s interrogation just two hours after the shooting, excerpts from letters Carneal wrote to Jenkins from prison and details of her face-to-face meeting with him at the Kentucky State Reformatory. She also addresses Carneal’s appeal of his case, which is scheduled to be heard in February 2011.

    “I Survived,” according to its web site, “allows survivors to explain, in their own words, how they overcame unbelievable circumstances – offering insight into what got them through the experience that changed their lives forever.”

    To interview Missy Jenkins, or for more information on “I Choose to be Happy,” email jenkinsbook@gmail.com, or visit www.missyjenkins.com.