Remembering Columbine with Rachel's Challenge

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by KREM.com/Katie Utehs

KREM.com

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 6:33 PM

SPOKANE -- It’s been 12 years since the anniversary of the Columbine school massacre, but the father of the first victim is making sure no one forgets that.

12 years ago, 12 students and one teacher were gunned down by two high school boys in Columbine, Colorado.  Darrell Scott, the dad of the first victim, has created Rachel’s Challenge.  For him it’s a promise that his daughter didn’t die in vain. Rachel’s Challenge is a national school program with a goal of spreading kindness.

“She wrote an essay and I found it under her bed on her mattress spring,” said Darrell Scott, Rachel’s father.

12 years later, Rachel’s dream of kindness is still needed.  Students and teachers in Spokane say bullying is a problem.

“Oh yeah bullying definitely happens, it’s not as face to face usually, but it’s more so like people will make fun of them behind their backs,” said Alicia Richardson, a local high school student.

“Bullying still happens, harassing still happens, there are a lot of programs to guide the kids away from that, but it happens behind the scenes,” said Bill Fletcher, a local high school teacher.

Darrell says Rachel’s Challenge is not about dos or don’ts, but it simply appeals to the hearts of students, which he says works.  The concept is simple and timeless, kind acts can stop bullying, and spread what Rachel called a chain reaction of kindness.

To learn more about getting Rachel’s Challenge click here.

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