15% of high school students (grades 9-120) were electronically bullied in the past year. Almost 160,000 students skip school every day for the fear of being bullied. We can change all of it. It all started with one person. That person being Rachel Scott. Scott was the first murder victim of the Columbine High School Massacre on April 20, 1999. In the past 17 years since her life was lost, her story of “starting a chain reaction” has touched the hearts of over 20 million people, including the many hearts here at Jasper High School.
FOR (Friends of Rachel) is a club here at JHS that was formed last January, when the speaker Michelle Gibson came and shared Rachel’s story with the student body. “I originally joined the club because one of my friends asked me too,” says junior, Chloe Parr, “But now, I love it. I am really happy I joined.”
The goal of this club is to send positive messages around the school, eliminating the high percentage of bullying school-wide. That was what they all had in mind when putting positive sticky notes on every student’s locker Monday, December 12, after school. But why sticky notes? “Why not?” says FOR member Kavan Adams (sophomore). “It really just puts a smile on people’s faces.”
Though it is a club for a great cause, there still needs to be a form of income so the members can do all that they can for the students. “We try to raise money in any way we can.” Adams says. “Right now we are selling candy canes. In February we’ll be selling carnations for Valentine’s Day.” For the last week, FOR members have participated in the Candy Cane Project. Sitting themselves on top of the stage in the cafeteria, they have been selling candy canes with custom messages. “We chose candy canes because it is Christmas, obviously. But the whole purpose of the custom messages is that we want everyone to be sending positive messages to their friends, fellow students, or teachers around the holidays.” states Parr. The candy canes are being sold for a $1 until December 21st, while all candy canes will be delivered next week during homeroom by December 22nd.