LAKE PLACID — Students, parents, law enforcement and friends will gather in solidarity from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at DeVane Park Friday for a community-wide vigil. The theme of the evening is the same as the schools’: “One Dragon.”
Michelle Keim, Katie Wilson and Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler decided to organize the vigil in support of the community’s students after the shooting in Parkland two weeks ago.
“The goal is for the community to come together and declare ‘Not My School.’ To let our children, all the children of the community, know that we are here for them,” Keim said. “We will stand united as ‘One Dragon’ against school violence.”
Adults will be there to show support for children who may be having a hard time dealing with their feelings in the wake of the Parkland tragedy. There will be no formal itinerary. The event is simply to let the kids and their parents voice their concerns and pray for others and the safety of school children.
“The plan is to share stories, to show love, to give compassion, and pray for all our students,” Keim said.
“To pay tribute to the 17 lives lost and so many others that have been injured, physically, emotionally forever; to lift up those that have ever experienced the loss of a child or loved one due to school violence.”