AUSTIN -- A 17-year-old who lived a life of kindness is inspiring students here in Austin. Rachel Scott was the first victim to die in the Columbine massacre in 1999.
Students at Paredes Middle School teamed up with the group Rachel's Challenge. It's a nationwide effort to replace bullying with compassion and love for others.
Students who were just toddlers when Rachel died told KVUE the program is already making a difference in their lives.
"It was so sad for me," sixth-grader Caitlin Powerll said. "I instantly started crying when I saw her picture and once I saw all of the footage from the school and how she died so young. She was such a big role model."
"In Kindergarten I used to get teased about having diabetes and I've always been mad about it and teased other kids, and I thought maybe it's not right because I know how it feels," said eighth-grader Alexandria Wilkerson.
Paredes is the first school in the Austin Independent School District to join the mission.
We here at KVUE, along with our parent company the Belo Corporation, are proud partners in this effort to promote positive change in schools.
To learn more about Rachel's Challenge, click here.