‘Rachel’s Challenge’ comes to Plainfield High School

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 10, 2015) — Students at one central Indiana school are getting a lesson in kindness today.

The “Rachel’s Challenge” event is coming to Plainfield High School. It’s a presentation that honors Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.

The program is focused on the writings in Rachel’s diary and her philosophy that one act of kindness can start a ripple effect.

Students at Plainfield High School will listen to speakers throughout the morning and later Tuesday night, the public is invited to join for another presentation  at 6 p.m.

Schools leaders say, it’s all about spreading the message of “doing good” in their schools and the entire community.

“We think it’s very important we establish a culture where students are supported and feel safe,” said the school’s principal Mel Siefert.

“We feel that this message of kindness will help our school be better, and not only our school, but our community,” Siefert said.

"With our political discourse the way it is today, all I hear is negative from a lot of our elected officials at the state level and the national level. We think it’s time that people are a little more positive and a little more upbeat.”

At the state level in Indiana, several ideas have been proposed when it comes to guns and schools. A bill proposed to allow guns on college campuses did not pass. But last year, a law passed that allows legal gun owners to have their guns in their car in school parking lots.

Under a new proposal, school shooters in Indiana could face the death penalty. That bill moved to a committee in the House. It would need to pass there before it could be sent to the full House.

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