LEWISBURG — The petals of a long-stemmed rose touched gently onto the concrete sidewalk in front of the Lewisburg Area High School as the name of a victim of last month’s deadly school shooting in Florida was read over a public address system.
Alyssa Alhadeff, 14.
One by one, Krissy Horissian read a name as Jake Rothman and Jacob Feurerstein laid a rose for each — 17 in all.
Scott Beigel, 35. Martin Duque, 14. Nicholas Dworet, 17. Aaron Feis, 37.
Lewisburg High students held a moment of silence during Wednesday’s National School Walkout to honor the 14 students and three staff members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Jaime Guttenberg, 14. Christopher Hixon, 49. Luke Hoyer, 15. Cara Loughran, 14. Gina Montalto, 14.
Lewisburg High School student Lydia Matukaitis stands up and speaks during a student walk out on Wednesday morning.
If any of the names read aloud were familiar aside from having been learned in news accounts of the tragedy, that wasn’t clear Wednesday. What was clear in the solemnity of the student demonstration was the sorrow and fear these teens felt for the loss of life 1,200 miles south was real.
Joaquin Oliver, 17, Alaina Petty, 14, Meadow Pollack, 18, Helena Ramsay, 17.
Students’ hair whipped in the frigid gusts blown across campus, strong enough to roll the roses from a neat line.
Alex Schachter, 14, Carmen Schentrup, 16, and Peter Wang, 15.
Lewisburg High School student Norah Haynos participated in Wednesday's walk out.
Nora Haynos spoke to her Lewisburg High classmates, about 150 of them who walked out. She urged them to break a cycle of feeling horror at the news of a school shooting, sending thoughts and prayers to the victims and then “doing nothing.”
“When Sandy Hook happened, I was only 12 years old,” Haynos said of the school shooting that killed 26 elementary students and staff in Newtown, Connecticut. “Now, I am 17 and nothing has changed.
“It is time to actually do something about this. If we do nothing, then nothing will change. If nothing changes, than this will happen again and again,” Haynos said, urging the students to contact state Legislators like Fred Keller and Gene Yaw, their phone numbers written on a sign held nearby by Kate Hutchinson.
“Don’t let Parkland be another rotation in the cycle. Do something this time. Use your voice. Call your representatives, Tweet them or send them an email,” she said.
Signs gripped by the teenage hands rattled softly in the breeze, the messages as firm as the hands that held them.
Lewisburg High School senior Scarlett Schroeder, 17, holds up a sign on Wednesday during a planned walk out.
“591 Dead, All Premature” read the sign held by Scarlett Schroeder, names and ages of shooting victims written behind the bold black lettering.
Next to her was Giselle Taylor whose sign said, “This Episode of Black Mirror sucks.”
Other signs read “#NeverAgain.” “Fear has no place in school.” “Red Lake, Virginia, Columbine, Umpqua, Stoneman Douglas, Sandy Hook. #NeverAgain.”
Saniya Edens stood with a sign that simply said, “#Enough.”