Prayers continue to flow for the Heritage High School community

A group of students from the peninsula dedicated a prayer service on Saturday to students, teachers and staff at Heritage High, following a shooting earlier this week.

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia – A “United Night” and “Be the Light”. These were some of the messages from a local faith-based youth organization on Saturday night.

It might have sounded like the typical chanting and worship that filled the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Denbigh on Saturday. However, the prayer service was run entirely by students from the Peninsula.

The team behind is called United 8 Collective, and Jaymorle Ingram, 18, leads the group.

“Come together to bridge the gap and be united for at least one night or the rest of the year,” he said.

The team had already planned their very first “United Night,” then Ingram learned about the Heritage High School filming which took place earlier this week.

“It’s completely over, we need more prayer,” he said.

Two students were caught in the crossfire on Monday.

Two were injured in the rush to get out.

Another student is accused of pulling the trigger.

“We pray for the students, we pray for our teachers, we pray for our teachers,” Ingram said.

Newport News School Board President Douglas Brown also attended the prayer service.

“This is exactly the kind of youth leadership that we want to foster and hope to develop in our schools. It’s great to see this in action, ”said Brown.

Brown also said that events like the one hosted by Ingram play an important role in the healing process for everyone.

“A fresh mind on everyone, entering the new school year, entering the rest of the school year,” Ingram said.

He strongly believes in the power of young people to lead the way and make change.

It is still unclear exactly when students and teachers will resume face-to-face teaching at Heritage High. They remain in virtual training for the moment.

Brown told 13News Now on emotional support hotline set up for affected students and staff will continue next week.

Author’s Note: The video file below is from a student’s account of the shooting at Heritage High School. It was released on September 21, 2021.

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