WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A nationwide program to stop bullying has made its way to western Massachusetts.
Rachel’s Challenge was started in the memory of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the 1999 Columbine shootings.
Now, her legacy for anti-bullying is making a stand.
Rachel Scott’s Uncle, Larry Scott said, “Main sayings was I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the saying. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
Westfield Police Sgt. Eric Hall saw the success of the program in the Enfield Connecticut school system and said, “When I started looking into it, it kind of seemed like a no brainer to get this into our town and get our High School Students involved with it as well.”
The 1500 people that make up the student body of Westfield High School are getting involved.
Principal of Westfield High School Jonathan Carter said, “We want to make our kids aware that what they do every single day can have an impact on the world hopefully lead our world and community to a better place.”
Students 22News spoke with said they walk through the hallways of Westfield High School everyday interacting and socializing with one another. With Rachel’s Challenge they hope to spread the kindness and compassion she spoke of to create a socially healthy environment for everyone.
“She wrote ideas down in her diary like so many other times that I have done, and just her words were if you spread just a little bit of kindness it will catch on and become a chain reaction,” Allison Cheney, a Senior at Westfield High School said.
John Torres said, “Just showing people that I’m caring for them and that if they’ve got anything they want to talk about or express, you can just express it to anybody you feel comfortable with.”
Rachel’s Challenge isn’t just for students.
The community is invited to the Vocational Technical School at 6:30 Wednesday night to talk about what students are learning and ways to prevent bullying.