Rachel Joy Scott was a 17-year-old high school junior when she died on April 20, 1999. She was the first victim in the Columbine shootings, the worst high school shooting in America's history.
When she was alive, her goal was to spread kindness and compassion. In her essay, "My Ethics, My Codes of Life," Rachel once wrote, "I have a theory that if one person can go out of there way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go."
We need to notice the chain reaction verbal violence can start.
Did you know weapons are used every day in schools? Not guns or knifes, but words. Verbal abuse happens every day among students at schools all over the world, according to the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center's Web site www.safeyouth.org. Almost 30 percent of teens in America (or more than 5.7 million) are estimated to be involved in bullying, the site reports, either as bully or a target of bullying. In some cases they are both.