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Brittney Thomas
Heath High School Survivor

Brittney Thomas was a freshman at Heath High School in Paducah, KY when she became a survivor of one of the nation’s first school shootings on December 1st, 1997. Working to honor the memory of her friends and classmates, Brittney became a fierce advocate for survivors of mass violence and helping others heal from the “invisible” wounds of trauma.


Brittney joined The Rebels Project in 2016 and became an ambassador in 2019, helping to welcome and serve new members. As a frequent speaker, Brittney travels extensively sharing her story of survival along with expertise on trauma-informed responses to mass violence, guiding principles for media reporting and survivor resiliency.  Fueled by a newfound love of coffee and dark chocolate, Brittney is a member of the stake holder’s forum for the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center and also serves on the Kentucky Attorney Generals Survivor Council.  


When not at work you can find Brittney playing with her two dogs, Bentley and Reese, and advocating for foster kids as a CASA (court appointed special advocate).

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