UNCW students, faculty hold vigil for Florida shooting victims
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – A sign of solidarity from one school to another. That’s what brought dozens of students to UNCW’s Lumina Theater Wednesday evening.
Students gathered for a vigil to remember the students killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting.
The vigil comes two weeks since the Florida school shooting and on the same day as students in parkland headed back to class. More than thirty students gathered for a moment of silence for those killed at Stoneman Douglas High School.
“Angry that whole day, you know I was actually finding it hard to eat I was so disgusted with what happened,” said sophomore Dylan Wood.
That disgust and anger motivated Wood like the dozens of UNCW students to be a part of this first vigil.
“It’s just a moment of shared sorrow from school to school,” Wood said.
A moment of silence, but also of conversation.
“I felt like this was something that needed to happen on this campus to really draw attention to this subject and to talk about it and to not let it fade out of the news,” said senior Lauren Ingram.
Ingram helped organize the event. For a majority of the students, the tragedy put things into perspective.
“I have younger cousins that are in schools and this is something where I don’t every want to have to be afraid for my cousins lives for when they are going off to school each day,” Ingram said.
The aftermath of the shooting had her worried not just for family but for those who have graduated before her.
“I also have friends that are teachers,” said Ingram. “They’re going into schools everyday knowing now that this is a possible threat and I just don’t think that’s okay.”
Before the shooting, Ingram said she never saw herself as someone who would be an activist. Wood never thought he’d take part in a march for smarter gun laws.
He plans to though in late March.
“I think that this movement needs to keep going in order to bring awareness and to bring change.”
A majority of the students tell me they plan to also take part in the “March for Our Lives” either in Wilmington, Raleigh or Washington D.C. That march is planned for March 24th.