It’s been almost a month since the tragic shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County. The community continues to pull together. Students from another county high school wanted to show their support for Great Mills by wearing it.
They made t-shirts, but the support goes beyond a symbol. It’s about preventing violence in schools.
On the website Customink.com there is a “We are all Great mills” page. The organizers said they were students at another St. Mary’s County high school.
“I felt like we needed to do something,” one of the organizers, Jamie Smith said.
On March 20th, students across the county sat in class unaware of what happened at Great Mills.
Mid way through the morning, they got news that a student shot another student at the school.
“Oh my gosh and are they ok?” Smith said she thought. “I don’t even know how to describe it.”
St. Mary’s county is a tight knit small community. In the weeks that followed the other schools showed their support.
Tthen over spring break I just couldn’t stop thinking about it,” Smith said. “It was all over social media. And I was like, ‘Hmm there’s a green shirt. Let’s make a Great Mills one.’ I just made one.”
On the front it has the Great Mills logo. On the back, it lists every other school in St. Mary’s County.
They sell for $20 a shirt, but the money goes to the school board for school safety.
“That’s kind of up to (the board), we are just raising more money so they can protect us,” fellow student Blayre Vlandingham said.
So far, they’ve raised several thousand dollars, but the two students say they want to make an impact beyond their community.
“You can’t live in fear every day,” Vlandingham said. “Fear will eat you alive.”
The students ask that anyone who buys a shirt-wears it on May 18th.