“It’s not about the action, it’s about the cause; it goes to the heart of what I believe is policing with a purpose,” said Phoenix Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia, referencing how officers interact with citizens each and every day. Garcia stood before nearly 100 members of his department to introduce the father of 17 year-old Columbine High School shooting victim, Rachel Joy Scott as they prepared to hear about “Rachel’s Challenge.”
Rachel Scott was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. She left a legacy that has literally changed and saved the lives of thousands through a program that is now shared by her father and stepmother, Darrell and Sandy Scott. Rachel’s personal diaries and her drawings contained powerful messages that have changed the toughest bullies and those who viewed suicide as the only option.
“Rachel’s Challenge” is being presented in communities throughout the world and is tailor-made for all age groups. The message is simple; the impact, phenomenal. Rachel’s message: look for the best in others; dream big; choose positive influences; speak with kindness; and, start your own chain reaction.
TV personality and heart surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Oz joined Police Chief Garcia, Darrell Scott, and Channel 3 News Anchor Fields Moseley in a brief on-air panel discussion on bullying prior to the presentation to law enforcement.
“I have this theory that if one person can go out of the way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
Rachel Joy Scott