BCHS participates in nationwide walkout

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Katie Meek

A month ago today at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 17 students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting event. In remembrance of them, students around the country walked out of their schools at 10 a.m.

Here the walkout was clearly stated that it was not politically-motivated. When a group of students went to talk to principal Mr. Joe Hansen, they wanted to show solidarity of support rather than make a political statement. Senior Katie Duggan was one of those students. Duggan explained why she went to the principal. She said, “I wanted to express something I believed in to someone who could make it happen.” The other students who made this walkout possible were seniors Erika Koeper and Rachel Doyle and sophomores Maddi Felts and Hayden Redelman.

During the walkout at BCHS, students circled around the track and listened to their classmates pray and read off the names of those killed. The students read aloud the names and followed by what grade or role they held at SDHS.

A group of senior girls bow their heads in reverence while the prayer was being read. Photos by: Alyssa Behringer

Students were given the option whether or not the wished to participate in the walkout. The walkout out took place during homeroom period that was moved to an earlier time to coincide with the national walkout time. Senior Lindsey Traub said, “I thought it was really cool to have the choice and the school didn’t mandate it.” Traub added that it was enlightening that so many students decided to participate. People also had the option to sign cards and a banner that will be sent to SDHS.

Mr. Hansen called the entire school community into assembly in the gym Monday to explain student options. Mr. Hansen reiterated that it was each individual’s choice to participate and no person should be judged if they choose to or not.

 After the walkout, he said, “Students had the option to join in prayer on the track, attend Eucharistic Adoration, or use the time in their homeroom as they deemed appropriate. My prayer is that what happened today unites us as Trojans. I am confident it will.”   

Prayer read at the football field when nearly 300 students came together to pray in remembrance of those killed at SDHS:

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…..

O God of Light and Hope, today, we gather. We gather in grief, to lament the loss of seventeen

innocent lives, cut far short of their potential, to mourn the brokenness of the man who struck

them down, and to acknowledge that we can change our culture that allows such evil to occur.

 

For even as we come to name the darkness, in solidarity, we claim the light of God. For you call

us to choose fortitude over fear, action over apathy, and the light of action over the darkness of

despair.

Prompt us. Empower us. Unite us, both in reverence and resistance, that even as you bring

calm to the chaos within us, you would stir up a mighty force of change among us, so that our

schools will be safe, our families without fear, our communities free of concern, and our

students a sense of belonging.

Today we unite and pray that the students and staff that passed way at Marjory Stoneman

Douglas High School, and countless other victims of school shootings, will not have died in vain.

O God of Light, we claim your light, that we might be the light, so that even the darkness cannot

overcome it.

In your name, we pray, Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…..