Cabarrus students accept challenge to stop bullying

Cabarrus students accept challenge to stop bullying

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by SONJA GANTT / NewsChannel 36

SONJA GANTT / NewsChannel 36

Posted on May 25, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 25 at 5:36 PM

CONCORD, N.C. -- Students in Cabarrus County are being challenged to put an end to bullying.

On Wednesday, students at Central Cabarrus High School took part in seminars and learned about the impact of students being picked on and harassed.

The program is part of an effort called Rachel's Challenge, named after Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed in the Columbine shootings.

Some of the students who attended the seminars Tuesday were just 3 years old when the worst school shooting in U.S. history happened. But because of Rachel Scott's journals, they are learning from her and that tragedy.

"She said, 'I have this theory if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will have a chain reaction of the same,'" said a speaker at the seminar.

Rachel's family started this program as a way of empowering students.

"Every single one of you, you all can be great. You all can make a difference if you would just choose to," said the speaker.

There are five parts to the challenge. One part focuses on the importance of watching what we say.

"When he was talking about kind words, that one really got me because I know that I don't always say the kindest things and I want to change that," said student Micah White.

The testimonial from Rachel's brother, who talked about forgiving the two students who shot his sister and his two close friends, really hit home for these students.

"It's a burden not to forgive somebody, because when you see that person it's like instant anger and I don't want to be angry all the time when I see somebody that I am upset with," Meredith Wyatt said.

Principal Natasha Thompson said, "My hope is that this challenge starts a fire in our students to want to be the change they wish to see in our school."

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