Missy Jenkins Smith on the central messages of her public speaking

“That mentality is what’s going to get people hurt”

Missy Jenkins Smith, who was shot in the chest and remains paralyzed from the chest down, describes the central themes of her public speaking: that being in a wheelchair does not have to limit her ambitions; the power of forgiveness; the unexpected and long-term impact of bullying; the power of choice and choosing happiness; violence prevention; that violence can happen anywhere; and that people need to speak up if they are concerned about possible violence.