CORNING - Hundreds of Corning-Painted Post High School students filled the auditorium Monday morning to honor the bravery of the living and the memory of those killed at the tragic Feb. 14, High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The event was held to memorialize the 17 people that lost their lives at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, said Sriram Hathwar, a C-PP senior and member of 607 Students for Change, which organized the function.
Students, a football coach and an athletic director were among those killed by a gunman at the Florida high school.
“The students and faculty has returned to school in the shadow of all that has happened,” Sydney Bosworth, a C-PP senior, told the audience. “In your hearts and in your mind to continue with such grief and loss is the most powerful sentiment of them all. We honor your bravery and strength.”
C-PP students read a brief bio of the 17 victims at the event before laying a rose on an empty seat in their honor.
“We as students are gathered not as political protesters, but to call for the remembrance of the lives lost,” said Ben Togni, C-PP senior, of 607 Students for Change. “Too often our politics tend to obscure our ethics, our basic human compassion and our moral fortitude. However at a time of great hardship it’s best to sometimes take a step back and reflect calmly on all that has happened.”
Bosworth said students should embody the strength of the Parkland students and faculty.
Students in attendance at the event honored the victims lost at the Feb. 14, incident with two minutes of silence.
“(607 Students for Change) were very clear, they wanted this (event) to be a focus on a remembrance of the victims feeling as Americans we move on far too quickly when there is an event like this,” said C-PP Superintendent Mike Ginalski. “That’s become the norm."
Ginalski said 607 Students for Change, a C-PP student group trying to impact needed society change, has a very proactive plan, where their protest is going to be very different than this, but they’re doing that off school hours.