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Labette County High School Rachel's Challenge Presentation
By Bryan McLoone | firstname.lastname@example.org
ALTAMONT, KS.--- Nearly 15 years after the tragic Columbine High School shooting, students in Southeast Kansas hear from a victim's father. Rachel Scott's father spoke to students about Rachel's Challenge. Darrell Scott spoke of Rachel's "Code of Life" message. That message, show compassion, something that moved one student. For Labette County High School Student Jonathan Brader, Rachel's Challenge sparked emotion.
"I almost cried, I had no idea what it was about and I really found out what is was about. It really touched me," said Jonathan Brader, Labette County High School Student .
"Our whole message is how we treat each other how we view each other," said Darrell Scott, Rachel's Challenge Founder.
The challenge is in honor of Rachel Scott, a victim of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. Since then, her family has traveled the country to relay rachel's "Code of Life."
"She said 'I have a theory, that if one person would go out of their way to show compassion, it would start a chain reaction of the same," said Scott.
Darrell Scott is the founder of the group and Rachel's father. He says Rachel's Challenge can help teenagers deal with emotional issues.
"The thing that moves me the most is when we receive an email from a young person who was planning to commit suicide. They said because of Rachel's story, people begin to reach out to me," said Scott.
Scott believes the message doesn't just have to stay within the school system, they're lessons that can be used throughout life.
"Not to focus so much on our differences as to focus on the fact that we are one being. We all are connected," said Scott.
Brader says he hopes the message helps motivate a positive change in his school.
"Being kind to others and don't look at them on the outside, look at them on the inside," said Brader.
Scott says more than 2 -million people have heard Rachel's Challenge in the 14 years since he founded it. If anyone in the Four States wants to hear Rachel's Challenge, there is another presentation at the high school beginning at 7 tonight.