BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 9, 2018) – WBHK 98.7 Today’s Kiss, WBHJ 95.7 Jamz, and 610 WAGG welcomed the return of Huffman High School students on Friday, March 9, 2018, with smiles, hugs and a balloon release at the ringing of the bell.
The students, faculty, and community of Huffman High School are mourning a terrible loss following a shooting inside of the school on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Shots were fired at 3:45 p.m., killing one student and injuring another. Senior Courtlin Arrington was shot and killed while exiting her afternoon classroom. Arrington had recently been accepted to Concordia College and planned to study nursing.
The students of Huffman High School were devastated, frightened and deeply affected by this tragedy. The school was closed on Thursday, March 8 for Huffman High School while police conducted an investigation of the shooting. WBHJ 95.7 JAMZ visited all other Birmingham City High Schools and provided orange and green ribbons in honor of Courtlin Arrington and Huffman High School. 95.7 JAMZ created the hashtag #HealingHuffman as a symbol of their support for the Huffman community. JAMZ also spoke with students at other Birmingham City High Schools and encouraged them to think before they act and to always remember that guns are never the answer.
When school reconvened on Friday morning, students and staff were greeted with smiles and hugs from SummitMedia Radio stations, 98.7 Today’s Kiss, 95.7 JAMZ and Heaven 610 WAGG. SummitMedia representatives arrived at the school with orange and green balloons and, as the 8:30 bell rang, representatives, students, and school officials released the balloons in remembrance of Courtlin Arrington. SummitMedia representatives then proceeded inside the school to assist in grief counseling to any students that were in need.
On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 98.7 Today’s Kiss, 95.7 JAMZ and Heaven 610 WAGG will join Huffman High School for the “National School Walk Out”. The nationwide protest, put into motion by a group called EMPOWER, was organized as a memorial for the 17 students and teachers killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Flordia. The walkout is scheduled to last for 17 minutes.
Huffman High School will remain outside for 18 minutes, adding Courtlin to the count of those killed in school shootings.
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