Local schools accept Rachel's Challenge to start a chain reaction

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by MIMI JUNG / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 8:06 PM

SEATTLE -- A number of schools in Western Washington have heard Rachel's Challenge, and are taking it up.

Tuesday, at Liberty High School in Issaquah, students heard the powerful story of Rachel Scott -- the first person killed in America's worst school shooting at Columbine High School. The shooting on April 20, 1999 left 13 people dead.

Her father, Darrell Scott, told students about his daughter's compassion and kindness towards others and the challenge she extended just a month before she died.

"She said, 'I want to start a chain reaction of kindness that will ripple around the world.' And today that's become a reality," said Darrell, who has traveled around the world himself telling people the story of how not only how his daughter died, but how she lived. Join KING 5's growing Facebook page about the program, "KING 5 Rachel's Challenge."

"She said, when you meet people don't judge them by your first or second or third encounter," Darrell explained at the assembly. "She said give them at least three chances. Get to know them before you dare judge them or put them in a box or call them some kind of name."

Rachel's Challenge doesn't call itself an anti-bullying program. What makes this program different is that the message isn't "don't be a bully." Instead, be kind, be compassionate. It's a message that is touching people's hearts and changing the culture in schools.

"I'll definitely think more before I say things," said Liberty junior Kammie Johnson. "Before I choose my friends and judge people."

Right now, there's a major effort underway for even more students to be exposed to Rachel's story. Which is why school administrators from all over the region came to the KING 5 studios Tuesday to also hear Darrell talk about his daughter.

"It's something that can be really long lasting and I think it can impact a person's life long term," said Riverview School District Superintendent Conrad Robertson.

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