Other schools provide support for Aztec High
December 11, 2017 06:46 PM
FARMINGTON, N.M. -- As Aztec High School works to heal from the shooting that killed two students last Thursday, high schools in the Four Corners have been coming together to give support.
"I mean it is definitely scary. We never thought it would happen to us, especially like in this small community where we are all close," Farmington High student Shaylynn Pigford said.
Aztec High colors, vigils and symbols of hope have been popping up everywhere in the Four Corners.
"I mean we are all friends," Pigford said. "Like even if we don't like each other on the field, we are still together off the field. And especially when stuff like this happens, we all just come together."
Schools like Farmington High, Piedra Vista, Bloomfield and others have working to represent their love and support of Aztec High in more than one way. The students in numerous high schools organizing events and building symbols of unity in the community are just kids, much like victims Paco Fernandez and Casey Marquez.
In doing so, they are showing the adults in the community a sign of strength and maturity that many had not anticipated.
"So it was really cool to see them take the initiative on their own. Nobody asked them to do that. They just simply did it on their own,” Farmington High softball coach Tim Trotter said. "So I think that says something about our kids and where they are at and how they actually care for one another."
The efforts to build unity are not slowing down.
"We are going to get together this week and make 500 bows for all of the all American members going to Florida in support of Casey," Farmington High student Katie Morrison said.
In addition to the support from students, first responders from across the metro are in Aztec to help with grief counseling. Members from Bernalillo County and Albuquerque fire departments are there along with team members from Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue and from Albuquerque Ambulance.
The departments are all members of the Metro Peer Support Team, a group of first-responders that provides counseling assistance to cities and towns across the state.
Aztec High School is expected to remain closed until Wednesday.
Updated: December 11, 2017 06:46 PM
Created: December 11, 2017 05:07 PM
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