Thursday, April 20, 2000

Some local students to mark fateful day

BY Phillip Pina
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        On the anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, students and educators are finding ways to remember those killed.

        For many the thoughts will be private: Several school districts are on spring vacation, and others are involved in standardized testing.

        But the horror that the Colorado school went through, and witnessed by the nation, is still fresh. Several area schools are looking for a peaceful image to leave in students' minds today.

        Students at Lakota East will line up for a memorial procession.

        “We are tired of seeing people living in fear,” said Dustin Torres, a senior at Lakota East. He is helping to organize the morning procession of cars with black ribbons on their antennae.

        In Northern Kentucky, students at Silver Grove will plant a “healing tree.” They will then decorate it with ornaments bearing the names of Columbine victims.

        Most schools in the region, though, will not have any organized event of remembrance. In Covington, where students are focusing on standardized tests, the decision was made to not distract the students, said Crickett Todd, district spokeswoman.

        Others still in session said there was no organized request for any kind of remembrance. Many schools opted to let students focus on the holy days this week, rather than bring up violent images from Columbine, Madeira Superintendent Michele Hummel said.

        Since the April 20, 1999, shootings, many schools in the region have stepped up security. School searches are up in Cincinnati Public Schools.


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