Highland Schools to host Rachel’s Challenge, an anti-bullying program

By Gena Wiley - The Sentinel

Bullying is certainly not a new thing. Many former students can tell of the horrors of being singled out and made miserable during their school years.

Rachel’s Challenge grew from the heartfelt story of Racheal Joy Scott, the first casualty of the Columbine massacre.

The goal of Rachel’s Challenge is: “Making schools safer, more connected places where bullying and violence are replaced with kindness and respect; and where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest.”

The focus is kindness and how to foster a positive and welcoming environment in schools.

Highland Local Schools is proud to host Rachel’s Challenge Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Highland High School.

The program is open to all who wish to make a difference for the betterment of their school and community.

With the ever changing landscape of residents in Morrow County, this program is much needed and wholeheartedly appreciated as schools, parents and residents work together to erase the hate and foster respect, so that all can receive a fair education and live the American Dream.

Bullying is against the law per Ohio Revised Code, section 3313.666. The law prohibits harassment, intimidation, or bullying in schools. It went into effect on March 30, 2007 and was amended effective Nov. 4, 2012. This includes cyberbullying and “electronic acts,” committed through various platforms. Report and document any bullying as it occurs and take it to your schools’ administration. By law they must address the problem. If nothing is done about the harassment, take the matter to your superintendent. If the bullying continues you can contact your local legal aid office at 1-866-LAW-OHIO.

By Gena Wiley

The Sentinel

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