Shooting Victim’s Story Comes To Grand Forks

Residents will have three opportunities to hear the story of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School shootings which occurred April 20, 1999. Rachel’s Challenge will be held at the Thompson High School from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9; the Red River High School Theater from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10; and the Chester Fritz Auditorium from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. All sessions are the same and offered free of charge.

“Our local Safer Tomorrow’s project is all about visioning and working towards the elimination of violence in our children’s lives. We are pleased to be able to bring Rachel’s Challenge to many of our area schools to help students bring more kindness and compassion into every aspect of their school and community.” – Janell Regimbal, Lutheran Social Services of ND.

Rachel’s Challenge is a series of student enabling programs and tactics that equip students and adults to stand up to bullying and combat feelings of isolation and hopelessness by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. The hope is that Rachel’s Challenge will start a chain reaction of the same kindness, creating a safer learning and living environment for all.

Rachel’s Challenge is being brought to the community by the Safer Tomorrows project led by the City of Grand Forks, the Community Violence Intervention Center, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, and Grand Forks Public Schools along with 40 other local partners playing an integral part in creating a Safer Tomorrow for our children. Safer Tomorrows is one of four projects in the nation to be awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Defending Childhood initiative to address childhood exposure to all forms of violence in Grand Forks County. For more information, please visit the Safer Tomorrows web site:

Tom Ford
communications coordinator
Safer Tomorrows