MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

October 31, 2013

Students can help stop bullying

Imagine life without bullies.

That’s what students at Tahlequah’s Grand View School are striving for.

Rachel’s Challenge recently had a presentation at the school about being Friends of Rachel, a group of students on a campus meant to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying and negativity with acts of respect, kindness and compassion.

The group is named after Rachel Scott, who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Her father, Darrell, founded the organization, which is based on a “code of ethics” that Rachel wrote shortly before she was killed.

“When 100 people get together and do something, it makes a big difference,” Nicole Voelkel of Rachel’s Challenge said. “It can be challenging to change the culture of a school, but we have seen this be successful.”

There are far more good kids in the world than there are bullies.

Unfortunately, the bullies have not quite figured that out yet.

If enough children will stand up for their friends — or even people they don’t know very well — there would be far fewer bullies today.

Parents need to exhibit to their children a willingness to help someone less fortunate — to show their children that we are all responsible for each other.

If children can embrace the concept, more children would not feel so out of place.

And that could lead to a life without bullies.

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