Local high school students learn about Rachel's Challenege

Local high school students learn about Rachel's Challenege


by ANJANETTE FLOWERS / NewsChannel 36 Staff


Posted on September 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 17 at 11:25 AM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- It’s a lesson about life that students don’t typically learn in the classroom.

"I lost one of my best friends from suicide,” said Amber Ware, a student at Forestview High School in Gastonia.

But today, they heard about it as part of Rachel’s Challenge.

"You don't know what goes on behind the scenes,” said Ware. "That's why one of my best friends killed himself two years ago,” she said.

Ware added, it was “because he didn't think he was good enough."

Her pain doesn’t end there. Ware admits she was bullied and she tried to take her own life.

"I've attempted almost 6 times,” she said.

Hearing the story of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the deadly Columbine High School shooting brought Ware to tears.

It was also emotional for some of her classmates.

"It was really touching to think that just a few small acts of kindness can really change the world, said Mamie Buckles, a student.

Changing the world is something Rachel had written about before her death along with starting a chain reaction of kindness.

"You never know what people are going through, so don't judge them on how they look or anything, just go over there and say 'hey,' talk to them, said Devante Mackins, a student.

Logan Bradley is also a student at Forestview High.

He said, "people taking their own lives because they feel like they're not good enough and they're not accepted, no one should have to feel that.”

But Ware did and now she’s hoping through Rachel’s Challenge, no one else will.

"I know I'm far from perfect, but I try to help people as much as I can,” said Ware.