JENNINGS COUNTY — Jennings County High School students joined in the national event supporting school safety — “A Walk Together” — by pledging to do 17 acts of kindness each week and conducting a moment of silence.

Students were not required to participate, but those who did wanted the event not to be political, but about the beginning of something bigger, school officials said.

The students’ wish is for there to be 17 Acts of Kindness each week from each student participating in the pledge through the end of the school year.

The students then had a moment of silence for all victims of school violence, including the 17 lives lost at Parkland, Florida.

After the moment of silence, students returned to their classrooms, school officials said.

The event was organized by Jennings senior Shelby Millspaugh.

“Hopefully this will encourage a discussion for change and I hope that is the message that comes out of this,” said Brady Shepherd, another senior.

Blaich Blanton, also a senior, said the overall goal everyone can agree on is an increase in school safety, which starts with students themselves.

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