On the one month anniversary of the mass shooting at a Florida high school, many students nationwide walked out of class this morning. At Omaha’s Mercy High School Sister Delores Hannon says they organized an event to include the entire student body.
Sister Hannon says, “We have some kids that are anxious about being out in a public setting so our choice was to do it in a way that al of our students could feel combined in a community and be together. Kids are afraid right now. I hate saying that and i don’t see a lot of it but you just don’t want to do something that would make a kid feel uneasy.”
The service today included ringing of the bells, remembering the names of the students who have died and others who have been victims of similar tragedies, prayers and music. The event was held in the hallways and showed a respectful silence for the victims.
Other students at Mercy High School planned to mark the anniversary with a walk out of class to protest against gun violence. Organizer Bailey Lopez says, “I just think it is very important to stand up and do something right now. Prayers are comforting and as a Catholic student I believe that you can do both – prayer and action.” She says unfortunately the protest was done against the decision of the administration. About 25 students took part in the walk out and now face disciplinary action.