Feb. 19, 2010: School shooting victim’s legacy is a lesson in kindness and compassion, by Cassie Lowell

February 19, 2010 by

Rachel Scott was a victim of the Columbine High School shooting that left 12 students and one teacher dead in 1999.

She was just 17 when she was killed, but she had already developed a theory on life: “… if one person could go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”

Rachel was right.  One act of kindness and compassion will motivate the receiver to go out and perform his or her own act of kindness.

While showing kindness, you are showing that you care for others and are treating them well.  You are selfless rather than selfish.  In showing compassion, you are almost empathizing with another person.  You are showing that you know how that person feels and that you are there.

I have seen plenty of acts of kindness and compassion in my life.  This community is full of them.  There are always people willing to help those in need — from food drives at the local schools to free lunches during the summer for those that are less fortunate.

I have been involved with numerous community services that show acts of compassion and kindness, and I’ve seen that being there, seeing how one act can make another person so happy, can really get to you.  It motivates you to keep helping those and it helps you motivate others to show their kindness to the people who need it.

Everyone needs to see kindness and compassion in their life.  I am daring you to go out today and show a stranger an act of kindness.  I can guarantee that with this little action you will trigger a chain reaction and the acts of kindness and compassion will keep on going.


— Cassie Lowell is a senior at Concordia High School and a member of Friends of Rachel.



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