Day Without Hate goes nationwide

7:22 PM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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WESTMINSTER - Six years ago, a group of students at Standley Lake High School. It was just after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech and a teacher says these students wanted to make a stand.

"What if we had one day where we just tried to be nice to each other? One day when we just set aside our rivalries, the bullying," said Ben Reed, Day Without Hate Coordinator at Standley Lake High School. "What if we really tried to have one day without hate?"

Reed thought this would be a one-year event. But, he says the students wanted to keep going and spread it to other schools.

Friday, students all wore white t-shirts to signify peace. They held mini-assemblies to discuss issues like bullying and homophobia. At Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood, all district high school students can attend a free concert to celebrate all things good about schools, Reed says.

Now, Reed says schools in 12 states including seven colleges have a Day Without Hate. It all started with a group of kids at Standley Lake High School.

"One of the first ones to catch on was Columbine (High School) which was obviously great for school violence, being aware of that," said Reed. "There's something about this day that just strikes a chord with kids."

If you want to find out more about Day Without Hate, click here: http://daywithouthate.webs.com/.

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