College students return to highschool days after capturing
“We reclaim this website as a spot of hope, transformation and studying,” the Rev. Ken Nelson mentioned throughout a prayer vigil held at Orangeburg-Wilkinson Excessive College on Sunday afternoon.
Three college students have been shot and injured on the faculty on Wednesday. They’re out of the hospital and recovering.
A 14-year-old male is dealing with costs within the capturing.
O-W college students have been out of college for the reason that capturing and return on Monday.
Nelson instructed the college household on Sunday that “We stand with you, we stand for you. Collectively we stand. We’re one.” Nelson is Orangeburg district superintendent of the United Methodist Church.
Nelson additionally learn a letter from UMC Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, who mentioned he’s providing prayers for “consolation, therapeutic and peace.”
Holston additionally referred to as for an finish to gun violence.
Bishop Donald Oliver of Edisto Drive Church of Christ thanked God for shielding college students from additional bodily hurt.
Orangeburg County College District Superintendent Dr. Shawn Foster famous the prayer occasion was an “excellent gathering.”
“The phrase ‘sustainability’ involves thoughts once I go searching on the crowd at the moment,” he mentioned.
“We will’t come collectively now that one thing has occurred, say a prayer after which tomorrow return to doing the very factor we did earlier than,” he added.
He mentioned his grandmother used to say, “Generally you’ve acquired to place some legs in your prayers.”
He referred to as for continued assist by clergy, mother and father, church buildings and the group for O-W and college students all through the county.
“We’re right here to wrap our arms round these college students,” he mentioned. “This can be a great spot to stay, filled with nice folks doing nice issues.”
“I’m uninterested in folks not seeing the greatness we now have at our entrance doorways,” he mentioned.
Foster mentioned the leaders of O-W and the college district are “excited to have our college students return on Monday.”
“Orangeburg-Wilkinson is an impressive faculty,” mentioned Principal Rahim El-Amin, who’s an alumnus of the college.
In reflecting on the capturing incident, El-Amin said, “That one state of affairs doesn’t characterize what we do right here at Orangeburg-Wilkinson Excessive College and it’ll not characterize what we do right here at Orangeburg-Wilkinson Excessive College.”
“What we do right here is educate our college students,” he added. “We do an excellent job right here at Orangeburg-Wilkinson Excessive College of training our college students.”
El-Amin thanked native clergy for taking time to hope for the college’s employees, college, college students and group.
“We’d like your assist. We’d like your continued assist all through the remainder of the 12 months,” he mentioned.
El-Amin mentioned the college’s college and employees, “dealt with a state of affairs we by no means thought would occur.”
“They have been capable of execute the plan to perfection,” he mentioned.
“It doesn’t matter what occurs, I’m nonetheless the proud principal at Orangeburg-Wilkinson Excessive College,” he mentioned.
Others who provided prayers in the course of the vigil included:
• O-W pupil Kristan Hubbard, who thanked God for sparing the lives of scholars and employees.
She prayed, partly, for full recoveries for the three injured college students, in addition to energy for college kids who skilled trauma. She additionally requested God to deliver peace and unity to the group.
• Kelvin Gadson, dad or mum of an O-W pupil, prayed for defense of the college’s college students, employees and leaders.
• Our Father’s Home Ministries Pastor Carleen Riley requested God, “How can we assist?”
• The Rev. Cynthia Muncie, of St. Andrews UMC, requested God to make use of group members to be the sunshine in a darkish world.
• Dr. Stanley Rivers, of Williams Chapel AME Church, prayed for God’s steering for the scholars and all group members.
• The Rev. J.P. Sibley, of New Metropolis Church, provided a benediction.
After the prayer vigil, Jeff Folks, whose youngsters are college students at O-W, mentioned, “It’s good to see prayer again within the faculty. We’ll do no matter we will do to assist the college. It’s our college.”
Folks’s neighbor, Pastor Furman Guinyard of Phrase of Hope Outreach Ministries, additionally famous, “I wish to be a part of what’s going on and I see there’s an excellent want right here within the metropolis to assist the youngsters, so regardless of the ministry can do to assist, we’re greater than keen to do it.”
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