High school student organizes moment of silence

ST. LOUIS - Friday afternoon, more than 100 students from Metro High School gathered outside for a moment of silence, and a show of solidarity for the family of Michael Brown.

The walkout was designed as a peaceful counter to this week's violence and looting. Senior Mary Blair organized the moment of silence after watching news reports earlier this week.

"I was like, this is awful. People are going to start looking at St. Louis differently from here on out," Blair told NewsChannel 5's Blayne Alexander.

"I said, we need to show the world and at least our community, that there are people out there who are here and who know how to do something without being destructive and violent."

During the school's lunch period, students dressed mostly in black gathered outside of the school along with several teachers, parents, and the school's principal. For ten minutes, they stood in silence raising their hands to symbolize "don't shoot." A movement that has become symbolic of many who protest Mike Brown's shooting.

"It's hard seeing something so dreadful, so dramatic, and so traumatic happening right in front of my own eyes," senior Courtney Jones said. "It's like something that you don't really imagine seeing in your own community."

The students plan to reach out to other schools via social media, encouraging students to stage a similar moment of silence.


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