She Plastered Her School With Post-It Notes, And We Hope Her Positive Message Sticks.

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

Bullies are everywhere – and it’s hard to speak up, which leaves so many unable to stand up. Of course, there are the good stories: words of encouragement and campaigns to change schoools. This is, beautifully, one of the latter stories:

Caitlin Prater-Haacke got a message on her Facebook wall one day, “encouraging” her to commit suicide. It was mean, hurtful, devastating – but Caitlin didn’t get even, she got positive. Not just with herself or her bully, but everyone in her high school. She plastered lockers with post-it notes with encouraging reminders. Her teachers and principals weren’t big fans (they viewed the sticky notes as “litter”), but her classmates were – and so are we!

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.
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