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Riser Middle School accepts Rachel's Challenge

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Riser Middle and three feeder schools accept Rachel's Challenge to promote positive attitudes in schools.

The presentation at Riser Middle School about Rachel's Challenge, a national program named after Columbine victim Rachel Joy Scott, hit home with some families.

"I know what is feels like to lose a child. It hurts really bad, and you never get over it," says Hazel Gordon.

Gordon says her son didn't die by suicide, or a school shooting, but simply a car accident. She says she can still relate to the parents of Rachel Scott.

"You never hear things right at home, and I would hate to think that something like that would happen here," says Gordon.

The Rachel's Challenge program aims to promote positive attitudes in schools. Gordon's daughter, Gracie, says for years she's been picked on for her weight and she hopes that the program can help teach her classmates the bullying isn't the answer.

As part program, Gracie's class made a list of things they want to change, the most important were bullying, fighting, and judgmental attitudes.

"School can be such a fun place if everyone just got along," says Gracie Gordon.

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