ELLSWORTH – Twenty years ago the Columbine School Shooting shook the nation after two gunmen took the lives of 13 people. One of those victims was Rachel Scott. Her story and legacy lives on, and has now reached a school in Maine.
“We all end up losing people we love. And we all think about the last time we saw them, the last conversation we had, and sometimes we’re not proud of how that went,” said Rachel’s Challenge Program Presenter Chris Mowery.
Students at Ellsworth High School looked on from their auditorium seats as they heard the story of Rachel Scott.
“We don’t always think about the impact that our choices, the way we interact, the way we talk to people, and sometimes we just need to be reminded of why it matters so much,” said Mowery.
Rachel believed that showing compassion and kindness could start a chain reaction. It’s something she wrote and spoke about. It inspired her family to create Rachel’s Challenge.
“For every student who dies in a school shooting, there are hundreds who take their own lives,” said Mowery.
Some of the students watching the presentation were moved to tears. They said they hope the things they learned Tuesday are things they can carry into their own lives.
“I know specifically there’s a few kids in our class, who we see a lot of the time sitting on the floor during our lunch hour,” said Ellsworth H.S. Senior Aurora Haslim. “You don’t see them with friends very often. Nobody talks to them, and it’s something that needs to be addressed, it’s something, I wish myself, I‘d said something sooner”
“Be nice to people,” said fellow senior classmate Ian Brenner-Simpson. “I think it’s a good message. It’s simple, but it works”
For more information about Rachel’s Challenge, you can visit rachelschallenge.org.