(WBIR-Kingston) Earlier in the week, a Roane County High School girl vandalized a bathroom stall, saying something mean about another girl. But it's the response that really has students talking.
After the incident, English teacher Linda Choate decided to do her own writing. She wrote on Post-it notes one positive thing about each of her female students, past and present, as well as staff members.
"And I just came in here and started sticking them up all over the walls," Ms. Choate said.
Choate then left Post-it notes and pens for her students, encouraging them to do the same.
She said within a day, the amount of messages in the bathroom had tripled.
"I think that women in particular spend so much time tearing each other down. I brought my girls up here and I said, 'You know, you have choice. You can build people up or you can break them down,'" Choate explained.
All week students have been posting the photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
"I definitely had a very strong reaction the first time I saw it. I basically broke down into tears. It was one of the most beautiful things I had seen," said Breianna Jones, a sophomore at Roane County High School.
Senior Macy Johnson added, "It gives me a great feeling just knowing so many people have so many encouraging things to say to each other."
Post-it notes in the bathroom have messages on them like, "Don't let the mirror define who you are. You are beautiful."
"I'm sure everything would be so different if everybody thought so positively, so openly. But I mean, the stuff said on the walls doesn't show what we say in the hallway and I wish it did," senior Logan Qualls said.
Ms. Choate is encouraging the girls to keep the messages that are written about them.
She plans to make a display with the remaining Post-it notes so the boys can read them as well.