WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - Before students returned to class at David Crockett High School Friday morning, they joined local ministers at the flag pole in honor of those students who were hurt.
News 5 was there that morning for a first-hand look at how the student body was showing support for their peers.
"Your healing hand upon them, God. Guide the physicians and help their recovery," said youth pastor Cody Greene, leading students in prayer outside David Crockett High School.
Faculty, students and local ministers gathered in front of DCHS Friday morning to pray for their friends and community before starting classes.
It is important for the community to have somewhere to turn to according to Greene. "In the midst of tragedy sometimes we act confused, we act like nothing happened," he said. "But in times like this we see these students coming out and just having their hearts poured out to God, thankfully so. They are coming to him and you saw hundreds of students coming together."
While the students who were injured and their families deal with medical issues, the staff and students at the high school are there for support and have already looked toward a higher purpose in it all.
DCHS senior Wesley Cantron, Jr. attended the service. "I don't care what they say, they are alive. God kept them alive for a reason," he said. "They are alive on this earth for a reason. We have to move on and be there to help these families move on. This is just a stepping stone. We can do so much more."