Anti-bullying initiative under way in Streetsboro

By Mike Lesko | Gateway News Published:

Rachel's Challenge is off to a good start in Streetsboro schools.

Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said that "well over 150 students" attended the first meeting of the anti-bullying venture, which was "significantly more than they expected."

Daulbaugh said there was the same amount of interest at Streetsboro Middle School and Henry Defer Intermediate School.

"There was just an unbelievable amount of student support for this," he said.

In adopting Rachel's Challenge, the district hosted several anti-bullying assemblies Dec. 3.

Rachel's Challenge grew out of the writings of Rachel Scott, who was a high school student when she was killed in the Columbine High School shootings of 1999.

About two weeks after her death, her family discovered an essay she wrote about developing a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.

The Streetsboro school programs were sponsored by the Streetsboro Education Foundation, the Streetsboro Community PTA and Streetsboro schools. Daulbaugh said the principals "all chipped in some of their principal funds to make this happen."

The Streetsboro Community PTA donated $1,000 for Rachel's Challenge.

Streetsboro Middle School Principal Steve Hatch said Rachel's Challenge is "very powerful and moving."

"I think this is one of the most important things we'll do. I really do," Hatch said. "We think it's going to make a difference for the students of Streetsboro --not only for our kids, but also for our community, for our parents and for our staff. If they care about each other, they're not going to bully each other."

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