Staley High School Peace Walk
It started with students at Staley High School after a fellow student was killed in a suspected hate crime. Students at the school said they want to do their part to stop hate.
Adam Shiekh-Hussein, 15, was struck in a hit-and-run crash outside a Somali mosque last month. Prosecutors said they believe it was a deliberate act.
Adam's death hit the community at Staley High School hard and students in his English language learning classes decided to do something about it.
"We're spreading awareness of how everyone is equal and we don't want people to die or just get hurt because they're different from someone else," said Staley senior Ali Harb.
The message has spread quickly at the school. Students said they've already begun collecting money for a foundation in Adam's honor, raising $3,000 in a coin drive and by selling T-shirts with a message of equality.
Students are also planning a peace walk at the school Feb. 7. The march was initially announced to fellow students, but has become a wider community event. Mayor Sly James has thrown his support behind the idea.
On a walk through the school, participants will learn about hate crimes on the school's top floor and learn about peace, love and opportunity on the lower floor. Organizers hope their awareness campaign will spread even further.
"That's the world we live in nowadays," said Bouchard. "We've got to do something about it before it's too late."