Padua Franciscan High School students, faculty and staff members participated in a peaceful gathering on National Student Walkout Day. An estimated 350 students walked out of school at 10 a.m. to show their support for school safety, in wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died.
Student leaders focused on honoring the victims, by reading the names of the 17 lives lost. They said St. Francis of Assisi’s Peace Prayer. They played Matthew West’s song, “Do Something.” The leaders made a call to action – encouraging student to perform 17 acts of kindness. The 17-minute service ended with the group praying the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be prayers.
Some students will be participating in the March for Our Lives, launched by the Parkland survivors, in Cleveland on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.