SHS holds a ceremony against school gun violence
On Wednesday, March 14, Seaford High School students joined hands with local dignitaries in the school lobby to hold a 125 second moment of silence in honor of victims of school gun violence.
It was national school walk-out day, but the Seaford School District did not allow students to walk out of school. Instead the school administration held a moment of silence.
'Safety of the students is our priority,' said SHS principal Terry Carson. 'I know there are some who disagree with this decision, but the school district is not supporting the walk-out, we thought this would help the students be able to protest against school violence.'
The students, who were members of the principal's advisory group, were joined by many local dignitaries including State Sen. Bryant Richardson, State Rep. Danny Short, Seaford Mayor David Genshaw, Seaford Superintendent David Perrington, members of the Seaford Police Department and the Delaware State Police School Resource Officer Anthony Andrews, along with other school district administrators and staff. Students and guests gathered in the school lobby where they formed a huge circle holding hands. The group bowed their heads for the moment of silence as did the students who were in their respective classrooms.
After the ceremony, the students met back in the cafeteria in groups to discuss school violence and possible solutions.
'We need to be more aware of our surroundings,' said Senior Gillian Cannon.
'We have to learn to help students who might be in need. We must also learn that this is a tough world and maybe not be so trusting. We can't open doors to strangers.'
Senior Doug Willey echoed Cannon's comments. 'Kids need to realize that bullying can do harm. Everyone thinks it's funny but it hurts the feelings of those being shamed.'
'We have tables of students sharing ideas which is great,' said Carson. 'It is sad that we can't agree and disagree without feelings getting hurt. I told the students not to make the disallowing of the walk-out a personal issue with the faculty. We all care about Seaford High School and we have talked with the students every day about these issues. We don't all have to agree, but be respectful of our differences and that is how change is made. We don't want anyone getting hurt. My biggest worry is that some students are not doing this for the right reasons.'
The students discussed the issues and possible solutions at tables for about 20 minutes. Each table wrote down their ideas which will be discussed at the next advisory meeting.
'We want the students to think about this issue and not just react because someone told them to. It is important for the students to have a voice, but there is a right way of doing it and I think this worked out to be a very good way to discuss the issue of school gun violence,' Carson added.
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