CORONA DEL MAR — Students at Corona del Mar High School on Friday were encouraged to write thank you letters to one another and to not e-mail or text them.
The request was made in honor of Rachel Joy Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999.
Scott, just weeks before she was shot to death in Littleton, Colo., wrote a high school essay in which she theorized that if people just exercised a bit more compassion on a daily basis that such kindness would eventually become a "chain reaction."
Her legacy — what has come to be known as "Scott's Theory on Compassion" — was recounted inside the CdM gym, where the students had gathered for the annual Unity Assembly, marking 9/11.
Todd Lauderdale, who works for Rachel's Challenge, a nonprofit group based in Colorado, spoke to the students and told them about Rachel's theory.