WYLIE (CBSDFW.COM) - As the nation paused at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning to remember the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings, students thousands of miles away at Wiley High School took part in a silent memorial.
Outside of the school, a tiny display of painted blue and pink angels honors the victims. Students say the tragedy has affected everyone inside the school, and it was vital that they took part in the statewide moment of silence, called for by Governor Rick Perry.
“To just show respect for them and show that we do dearly care about them and what happened…and how it’s just a terrible loss,” said Wylie High junior, Ryan Reynolds.
“So I was hoping the families would be okay, and that those kids would be able to rest in peace, and the teachers who were lost too,” added Jamie Phan, also a junior.
This was the second time in a week that Wylie students honored the Newtown victims with silence. On Tuesday, during the five-minute passing period to their second class of the day, all 1800 students walked to class in silence.
The school’s principal, Virdie Montgomery says the students were proud of that moment.
“It was something bigger than themselves. And that’s what we try to tell them – that we want to be part of something bigger than ourselves.”
As everyone prepares for the holidays, Wylie students say Newtown will forever be heartbreaking. They say they will lean on each other as they try to heal.
“We just need to lift up so we can work as a team together that this won’t happen to anybody else,” said junior Caroline Jester.
Students and staff wore green clothes and green ribbons to honor the Newtown victims. Green is one of the school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary.
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