Students to lead forum honoring those who have lost lives to violence

As I’m sure most of you are aware, almost a month ago now, 17 individuals lost their lives in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In their time of grief, students at Marjory Stoneman have begun to call for preventative measures to be brought into schools across the nation, in order to keep these tragedies from occurring again.

On March 14, students across the nation will be joining the students of Parkland as a way to commemorate the victims and to promote unity. Led by a group of students here, Webster Thomas High School will be one of the numerous high schools joining Parkland — thanks as well to great help and support of our administrators, Principal Mr. Glenn Widor and Superintendent Mr. Carmen Gumina among them.

To clarify a few issues or for anyone unsure or confused: this is not a political event; we do not want this to be polarizing. This forum is a way to honor those who have lost their lives, to start conversations about how to improve school safety, and for the families and the victims.  We ask you to treat this with respect. At 10 a.m. (third block) on March 14, we invite you to join us in the courtyard between the bistro and cafeterias for 17 minutes.

Leading up to this event, the CARE room has supplies to make ribbons that will be handed out. Over 400 have already been made, and we would love to have some extra help. So please stop in during lunch blocks!

Also, those interested in joining a group singing “Imagine” by John Lennon, please stop by the music wing after school weekdays until 3 pm. More information will be coming throughout the next few days. There will be updates on Instagram, on Twitter, and on Facebook, and you can reach out to me with more questions as well.

Thank you so much, and we hope to see many of you there.