Cuero students remember shooting victims
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A prayer vigil is planned in Victoria on Thursday for the victims of the Connecticut school shooting.
• WHAT: Prayer service for Sandy Hook Elementary School
• WHEN: 7:30 a.m. Thursday
• WHERE: Victoria West High School, 307 W. Tropical Drive
CUERO - In a crowd, but alone with their thoughts - heads bowed and eyes shut - dozens of Cuero High School students paid homage to the victims of last week's Connecticut school shooting.
The students took part in a vigil for those victims during their activity period Tuesday, one day after a fellow Cuero student was arrested and accused of making threats against the school.
Senior Olivia Davis, president of the Campus Christian Club, said conducting the brief ceremony was important.
"We wanted to remember those who died, but we also wanted to address our feelings and the role God plays in this," she said.
The event was outside the high school's main building near the flagpole where the American flag flew at half- staff.
The event was organized by three campus organizations, Campus Christian Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Teens for Change, said Principal Mike Cavanaugh.
Brief Scriptures were read by some students, and the song "The Prayer" by Josh Grogan was played.
For some, the ceremony was personal, too.
"It's really important to me. It's those families you worry about," said sophomore Courtney Wiedenfeld.
She paused briefly, fighting back tears.
"I couldn't picture my brother being killed. It's really hard."
Fellow sophomore Audrey Simpson said she works with children on Sundays.
"Whenever it happened, I imagined it was one of the kids I worked with. And it broke my heart," Audrey said.
Cavanaugh said he is proud of his students.
"They came to me and wanted to put this on," he said. "They put it together. It says a lot about our kids."
The principal said safety is something high on the school's agenda.
"It's a big deal for us. We practice our procedures. We talk to the kids about it," he said. "It's something you worry about. We're vigilant. We pay attention to what's going on. That's what you do."
What Cuero students are doing is important, too, said sophomore Chant Parker.
"We need to make sure we're doing everything in our lives to set an example for others," he said.