• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

WCHS students remember lives lost in mass shootings


A MEMORIAL WALKOUT was held at Woodford County High School last Wednesday, March 14 – exactly one month after a mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., claimed 17 lives. (Photo by John McGary)

Students at Woodford County High School participated in a 19-minute Memorial Walkout last Wednesday, March 14.

Each minute of the walkout represented one of the lives lost in the mass school shootings at Kentucky’s Marshall County High School and Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

WCHS senior class president Jared Christian described the walkout as an opportunity for students to grieve together and support one another.

Unlike other schools across the country who participated in a 17-minute walkout (exactly one month after the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14), Jared said the WCHS walkout was a student-driven memorial – not a protest rally. He said about half of the student body participated in last week’s Memorial Walkout.

Nineteen students standing on the WCHS track represented each of the lives lost (17 at Stoneman Douglas and two at Marshall) in the mass shootings, said Jared.

The names and a brief biography of each victim were read, with a moment of silence ending the Memorial Walkout, he said.

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