Cleveland County parents introduced to Rachel's Challenge

Cleveland County parents introduced to Rachel's Challenge

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 30 at 12:01 AM

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Parents listened as Adam Northam of Rachel's Challenge told the story of Rachel Scott Thursday night.

Rachel was the first student to die--shot and killed by one of two students who came armed with guns to Columbine High School in April of 1999.

When the massacre was over, 12 students and one teacher had been killed.

To honor her life, Rachel's family set up an organization called "Rachel's Challenge" to urge students across the country to end bullying and other forms of school violence.

Alayna Smith, who was one of the students who attended Thursday's meeting at Gardner-Webb University, said the first thing she was going to do was try to make up with another girl that she could have been nicer to.

Tracy Jessup, along with his wife, came to hear the presentation with their son, Christian.

Jessup said he felt that this was a way for students to learn to treat others the way they would want to be treated.

Christian said he was ready to accept Rachel's Challenge because it was the right thing to do.

Before her death, Rachel had written an essay in which she said she had a theory. Her theory was that if even just one person would go out of their way to help someone else, it could start a chain reaction of positive actions.

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