Alejandro Dominguez Herald Writer
SNOHOMISH — It was a way to pay it forward.
This week, students and staff from Snohomish High School wore purple clothing as a way to show support to 8-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman and to Armin Jahr Elementary School in Bremerton.
Amina was accidentally shot by a classmate Feb. 22 and is at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in serious condition.
A 9-year-old boy was sentenced to 12 months of probation at a Kitsap County Juvenile Court hearing on Tuesday.
When students and staff heard about the incident, they wanted to show the same kind of support they received from other schools when two Snohomish High students were stabbed inside a girls bathroom last fall.
So on Monday, they wore purple clothing, Amina’s favorite color.
“It was very meaningful when schools reached out to us,” junior Lindsey Shackelford, 17, said. “We wanted to do that for other schools too.”
The decision to show support for Armin Jahr Elementary did not come from one individual. Students and staff started talking and heard other schools were wearing purple.
Last week, the school posted signs and called students to spread the word.
The students gathered at the courtyard to take pictures. The photos alongside a message were sent to the school.
“It was a really good way to show we have healed and we could support other schools as well,” Lindsey said. “We hope it will brighten her day a little bit and put a smile on her face.”
The Armin Jahr principal appreciated the effort, Snohomish High Principal Beth Porter said.
“I’m really proud of the students who participated,” Porter said.
Many schools from around the state and country have flooded Armin Jahr with tokens of support, Bremerton School District spokeswoman Patty Glaser said.
The gesture from schools such as Snohomish High just proves there is compassion in the world, she said.
“It shows that no matter how crazy the world is, there are still people caring about each other,” Glaser said.
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