Columbine victim's legacy challenging local students
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Even though it is supposed to be a safe place, we've seen school can be dangerous.
More than a hundred students have been killed at school since 1999.
That was the year of the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado.
Now, Edison High School is working to prevent violence.
Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine shootings.
Edison students got to hear about her legacy and accept her challenge.
Twelve students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School.
Rachel's Challenge was created after Scott died. People shared stories of her compassion and kindness and her family found journals and an essay with ways to bring compassion to everyone.
"Our hope is to make life that much better," Regional Partnership Manager Jourdan Foran said. "To build up the kindness and compassion on campus."
Foran visits schools everywhere. Racial tension, bullying and suicide is a trend throughout.
"We would rather be proactive, we would rather be there to prevent those things from happening and to encourage students to believe in themselves," Foran said.
Through Rachel's legacy and her journals and essay, five challenges were created: Look for the best in others, dream big, choose positive influences, speak with kindness and start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.
"Everyone needs a little more help," Foran said.
To some, it may just be words, but a hateful message can change someone's life.
Bark, a watchdog internet safety program paired up with Rachel's Challenge.
"It h as smart enough technology that it picks up stuff really quickly and alerts the parents immediately along with how to resolve it," Vice President of Partnerships Clint Parr said.
Parr has children and knows things go on that parents need to be warned about.
"That usually means bullying, or sexing, or drug abuse or even suicidal thoughts," Parr said.
Our words have the power to hurt or heal.
In the last few lines of Rachel Scott's ethics essay, she challenges people to give her ethics a chance, to find the light in someone and help it grow.
You never know, it could start a chain reaction.