Students Team Up to Fight for Crime Victims

GLEN DALE – Two clubs at John Marshall High School teamed up during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week to combat violence and raise awareness of victims’ rights.

The school’s Respect Club, a teen dating violence prevention program, and Rachel’s Challenge club came together to promote kindness in school, which members believe will foster a safer and less crime-ridden community. Last week, students and teachers wrote kind messages on strips of paper, which have been linked to form a “chain of kindness” hanging in the school’s hallway walls.

“We decided to really merge our missions,” Respect Club adviser Sara Fincham said. “We are promoting a message of kindness, conduct and community to start ‘a chain reaction.'”

Fincham said Respect Club has grown since she took over as advisor recently and now has about 20 members.

In addition, students wore T-shirts with the 2014 NCVRW theme “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice” in support of crime victims. Students also put up posters promoting crime victims’ rights throughout the school.

Other schools that participated in NCVRW include Wheeling Middle School and Paden City High and Middle Schools.