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Students hear anti-bullying message inspired by Columbine victim

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WELCH (WVVA) - Bullying is a big problem at schools across the nation, and in McDowell County, officials are trying to make a difference by giving kids advice on how to respect one another.

Mount View High School hosted a seminar on the effects of bullying Thursday. The event featured speaker Jim Kennedy of ‘Rachel's Challenge'  -- a group established in the memory of Rachel Scott, a victim of the 1999 Columbine massacre.

David Sanders, parent of a Mount View student, says his son has been a victim of bullying. He says it's an issue that has been going on for several weeks.

"I'm concerned with the situation up at Mount View with the bullying by other students," Sanders said.

Kennedy says it's the belief of Rachel's Challenge that a message of kindness is the answer.

"Our belief is through kindness and compassion if we can inflict schools with kindness and compassion and the students get that message than all those things like bullying and disrespect just have a hard time existing."

On Thursday, the students were given advice on how to make their environment a positive place.

Students said the message really hit home to hear about the Columbine shooting and the message Rachel wanted to get out about showing kindness and compassion to others...which proves she is still making an impact today.

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