FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) -- While the Columbine School Massacre took place twenty years ago, students at Frankfort High School made it a point to address the legacy of the tragedy and the effects it has had on their generation.
The AP Language and Composition class organized a commemoration for those lost to the gunmen twenty years ago. Posters with a picture and eulogy for each victim were hung in the school commons area and a moment of silence was shared among those in the school.
Phil Wrighthouse teaches AP Language and Composition and he gave credit to his students who pitched the idea of the event to raise awareness among their peers.
“It really has forced the class to determine their values and determine how they wanted to get this message across to this audience of so many different ages, so many different backgrounds, and so many different opinions,” said Wrighthouse.
He said the event is not meant to leave students dwelling in the past, but encourage them to answer the call to action to fight gun violence in schools.
“I said my generation hasn't been able to figure it out yet, so you guys are going to have to,” explained Wrighthouse. “So that's kind of the call to action for them and I think they wanted the rest of the student body through this moment of silence to think ahead.”
The students in the class have been spending a large majority of the semester reading and analyzing Dave Cullen’s “Columbine,” a non-fiction book focusing on various aspects of the Columbine School Massacre.