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 organizes activities, marches, dances and other events in Daniel's memory to bring awareness to the serious dangers of bullying. 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 younger sister, enrolls in the same high school determined to take a leadership role in C2BK. The group becomes even more effective through marches, campaigns, 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 sixty Cools 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 at your school!
If you want to know more about C2BK, please visit their website.