Meet Me at the Pole

Wednesday, February 21 marked the one week anniversary of the Florida shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. Students stood together in this time of darkness.

Senior Madison Smith is the President of Impact, she wasn’t happy when the news about this shooting spread.

“When I saw the fear and chaos it caused in our in world it struck my heart,” Smith said. “I questioned God, but I realized it was a wake up call.”

Keeping the hope in the community, Smith hopes to hold more flag pole meetings.

“It would be nice to hold more than just our annual meetings,” Smith said. “We can come out  here and show people that we still believe.”

Senior Nick Moston was also at the flag pole, he was glad they chose him to help lead the prayer.

“We wanted to remember them in a special way,” Moston said. “I really like how we can help and figure out new ways to improve our community.”

He enjoys being able to make sure his friends and classmates feel safe in the school.

“Things like this makes everyone feel as one at school,” Moston said.

Since it was short notice he was surprised they had over 150 people come.

“I was truly impressed with the turnout,” Moston said. “With the help of social media we were able to spread this around the school.”

Standing together is something he feels is important and wants to happen more often.

“Going in as students and learning more about our community is a good thing,” Moston said.

He couldn’t sit back and do nothing, he felt obligated to do something.

“In the position I am in it’s important for me to do something,” Moston said.

Math teacher Alissa Guest was glad that the students organized the prayer session.

“I thought that it was cool since God can’t be in education,” Guest said. “Kids need to be able to have these conversations.”

Religion is something that Guest thinks kids feel the most insecure about.

“Students need a sense of hope,” Guest said. “If they see other students or teachers they know who they can talk to.”

With the sadness that shootings bring to communities teachers wish that they could provide their students with comfort history teacher Colleen Bonner is willing to help.

“The school shootings terrify me,” Bonner said. “I want my kids to feel safe.”

Bonner doesn’t want to let this impact her students, but she knows that the pain is felt all over.

“Even if there hasn’t been a shooting here mere threats impact us greatly,” Bonner said. “I want my students to know I’d take a bullet for them.”