Rupert Howell Editorial 8/26/2014

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pro-active program addresses serious national problems

Many times during any school year we here at The Panolian hear complaints of alleged bullying.

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Now more than ever South Panola has taken steps to change the culture and next Tuesday will host “Rachel’s Challenge,” a presentation that is a powerful reminder of the little things that can be done every day to make the world a better place.

Rachel Joy Scott  was the first victim of the Columbine school shooting in 1999.

The program is brought into schools because of escalating problems such as: bullying, student isolation, teen suicide, discrimination, school violence, and increased disciplinary actions according to a media fact sheet.

Through powerful presentations, trainings community events, and professional development, Rachel’s challenge provides the sustainable solution.

A few weeks after the Columbine tragedy, Rachel’s father founded the program and now more than 2.5 million students each year experience Rachel’s Challenge modeled after her life and writings.

Schools in the district will be presented the program and all, including teachers, parents, community members, are invited to attend an open session at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, September 2 at Batesville Junior High auditorium, according to Assistant Superintendent Charles Beene. 

Beene has spent large segments of time working on the district’s discipline and bullying policies.

“Come hear the inspiring true story of one girl’s dream being fulfilled over a decade after her death,” the promotional poster says, stating the presentation is a powerful reminder of the little things we can do every day to make our world a better place.

I’m glad proactive steps are being taken and this program is not an after thought.