Franklin High takes up Rachel's Challenge

Franklin High takes up Rachel's Challenge

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by Cathy Marshall, KGW.com

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Posted on April 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 6:37 AM

PORTLAND - It’s an important topic for parents. How do you know if your child is being bullied and how do you help prevent it?

“We focus on educating students much of the time but parents are important too,” explained Larry Scott.

His niece Rachel was the first student killed by two students Columbine High School. He now visits around 100 schools a year issuing Rachel’s Challenge.

“We want students living with compassion and kindness.”

Parents, he believes, can begin the process with their behavior.

“Children see how their parents treat people at the grocery store or gas station.”

Scott held an educational session for parents at Franklin High School Wednesday evening.

“Families need to be eating dinner together at least four times a week so parents can check in and find out what’s on their kids minds,” he said.

According to Eduction.com, about of half of students don’t tell parents when they’re teased or bullied.

The site also says most bullies will stop within 10 seconds if someone yells stop so parents should make sure their kids are ready to intervene.

Scott invites parents to help their kids take Rachel’s Challenge.

”Remind them to invite someone to sit with them at lunch or pick up a dropped book. The little things can make a world of difference.”

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