Rachel's Challenge comes to Wynne HS

WYNNE, AR (KAIT)- Students at Wynne High School will discuss bullying and teen violence at the Rachel's Challenge event, Tuesday.

Rachel's Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students to combat bullying and feelings of isolation.

"It takes one person to start a chain reaction," said Rachel's Challenge speaker, Cody Hodges. "We're for kindness and compassion, respect, helping others and reaching out and instead of telling students what not to why not tell them what they can do."

The series helps to create a culture of kindness and compassion.

"Going around and being kind to people can save someone's life or help their day because you never know what someone else is going through," said 10th grader Tiffani Campbell.

As students piled in the auditorium they learned about the life of Rachel Scott, the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999.

"I think it we can see those things spread through our campus, it would just make it a much better place not just for students but for adults too," said Wynne High School principal, Keith Watson.

Students also got a chance to share their own story.

"You never know what someone is going through, they can be having the best day of their life and they can be having the worst day of their life," said 10th grader Trevor Greer.

For one student, the presentation hit close to home.

"I really liked it, it helped me a lot because I lost my mom in 2009," said Kathleen Rasdon.

Bullying has become more common in schools across the country. Most students said cyber-bullying is the most common form of bullying.

"People just find that as a better way to do it because then not a lot of adults see it because they don't have them on their pages," Campbell said.

"The smallest things you can say can affect them in the biggest way," Greer said.

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