While some kids across the country have been preparing to walk out of classes today as protest to gun violence, GHS students are taking a different approach. High School Principal, Jerry Efurd, stated that he has spoken to a group of students that want to show their support for those that died at the hands of a school shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida last month. However the Greenwood students did not want to walk out of their classes or participate in an anti gun rally, but simply wanted to honor the victims.
“I appreciate our kids so much because they want to do things the right way,” said Efurd. “I completely support them. This is not a protest or political statement of any kind. We would not support that.”
The gathering has been planned for 10 am. Students that wish to participate will gather at the school’s flagpole.
“We will have a brief ceremony,” said Efurd. “We will also introduce our School Resource Officers and Mr. Jim Caudle. Every statement will be scripted, approved signs will be displayed and names of all school shooting victims will be read and honored. We will conclude at 10:17 with a minute of silence to honor those who have died and then return to class.”
On Feb. 14 A 19-year-old with a troubled past by the name of Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years.
While some schools across the nation are promising to suspend any students that walk out Efurd has asked that teachers support the students and pay close attention to any student conversations that are critical of the event because they think it is a gun protest. “It is not!”, said Efurd. “This will be an event that all who attend will be proud of and it is to honor fallen students and to say ‘Enough!’”
Since the shooting demonstrations have started at school campuses around the country. The 17 minute mark is signifies one minute for each of the 17 students and staff members killed in Florida. A march on Washington D.C. is planned for March 24.