Students, faculty wear school colors at Terry Parker High to show pride
Show support for school comes after teen shot outside stadium Friday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Students and faculty at Terry Parker High School sported red and black Monday to show pride in their school after a teenage boy from another school was shot Friday night outside the football stadium minutes before a spring game ended.
Now, the students at Terry Parker are trying to move on.
Dozens of people shared a post on Facebook that says, "The Brave nation will not let this tragedy that occurred define who we are. We cannot let this overshadow the positive changes that have occurred at Terry Parker. We are a strong unified family and we are calling on everyone’s support for our students not only at Terry Parker but across the city."
The 16-year-old who was shot outside the school's stadium is a Raines High School student, but it's still unclear what brought him to the school Friday night. Investigators said the shooting was possibly gang-related.
The school’s principal says she hopes the shooting doesn’t affect the culture of her school. Terry Parker students hoped that by showing their school spirit Monday, they would make it clear the shooting doesn't define who they are.
"It means to me I'm not going to let what happened at my school affect how I view my school. I still view my school as a safe place," said student Chloe Pollackov. "I'm just proud to be a Brave."
Students and boosters said there has been an outpouring of support for Terry Parker High.
“It's an International Baccalaureate school with amazing academics with teachers that are dedicated 24/7,” said Bill Pollackov, treasurer of the Terry Parker Athletics Booster Association.
Students said there wasn't a planned pep rally Monday, but they just asked for everyone to participate by wearing school colors. They said the Terry Parker family has become more tight-knit because of this incident and this will give them momentum to keep pushing forward.
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