PORTLAND – Freshmen at Lakeridge High School took part Wednesday in an anti-bullying presentation inspired posthumously by a girl killed in the Columbine shootings.
“Rachel’s Challenge” was inspired by Rachel Scott, a student at Columbine High School who wrote an essay about creating a "chain reaction of kindness," hoping that being nice to someone would motivate that person to be nice to someone else.
Six months after she wrote her essay, she was killed. But her message continues to be shared with millions of students.
Lakeridge students were moved by stories about Rachel, including one describing how she would often stand up to bullies twice her size if she saw someone getting picked on.
“It really makes me want to try and help out more,” said Lakeridge student Brennen Tucker, “be the person that sees that bullying and tries to stop it.”
Rachel's Challenge hopes to not only have that effect on students, but also to train adults to empower students and affect "permanent positive change."