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Family Friend of Columbine Shooting Victim Speak to Richland Students and Parents

RICHLAND, Wash. - The negative effects of the Columbine shooting turned into positives at a Richland High School Wednesday night.

A family friend of Rachel Joy Scott, a victim in the 1999 shooting spoke to parents and students at Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland.  

Over 200 people packed the auditorium Wednesday to hear the story of Rachel Scott.

She is remembered as a caring teen that would go completely out of her way for others.

Since her death her family and friends have traveled to schools across the country to inspire students to become more tolerate and challenge them to create kinder school environments.

Rachel's name and story has made national headlines.

Tri-City students said they see bullying all the time in our schools.  

Hanford Junior Trevor Walters said he thinks the presentation makes his peers think about the way they treat others.  He said it makes him reflect on his own behavior.  Walters said, "makes me feel like I should go back out there and apologize to some people that I may not been as nice as I should have."

Sixth grader Ahustin Berry said she and her friends learned a lot after listening to the tragic Columbine shootings.  She said, "It makes me feel really sad because I just get scared.  I just get scared that that may happen to our school."

Seventh Grader Olivia Weakley said, "I feel really sad and it make my heart sink."

Wednesday's assembly was open to the public but earlier in the day students from Carmichael and Chief Joseph schools listened to Rachel's story.

There have been thirty books written about the young girls life and a movie being made about her.

Richland school officials said they are trying to use this tragic example as a way to make students more tolerate of each other.

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