Grassroots Peace Activism Spurred by Daniel's Death

Daniel's classmates start Cool 2 Be Kind, a club promoting peace and combating bullying on campus.

The club holds dances in Daniel's honor. After years of work, C2BK is awarded the Ambassadors of Peace Award from the Orange County Anti-Violence Coalition, in addition to receiving Commendation from the Mayor of San Clemente.

Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Victoria Mendez, Daniel's sister, enrolls in the high school and makes an effort in C2BK. The group becomes even more influential through marches, public speaking events, and advocating for changes in anti-bullying legislation.


The Cool 2 Be Kind movement has expanded well past one school. Since Daniel's death, over fifty Cool 2 Be Kind chapters have begun in the U.S., Nicaragua, Honduras, and Scotland. Learn how you can start your own Cool 2 Be Kind chapter!
If you want to know more about C2BK, please visit their website.