STONEWALL, LA (KSLA)- Amy Bloxom and the Justin Bloxom Alliance for Innocence are putting a memorial garden up at her son's old school, North De Soto Middle School. She says it will be a place for the students and the whole community to go to honor her son, to heal, and to learn.
"It's important for me for Justin to continue to have a voice and to let people stay aware of the fact that it can happen. It happened in Stonewall," Amy Bloxom says.
12 year old Justin Bloxom was abducted and killed in March. His body was found in a wooded area south of Stonewall.
"It's been eight months almost, but it still feels like it happened yesterday."
His mother, Amy Bloxom, is turning the tragedy around. The Justin Bloxom Alliance for Innocence is creating a memorial garden at his old school.
"The memorial garden is going to be a great way to honor Justin---not only for me, but for the students who are still suffering from it. For the community itself. It's a healing place for them," she says.
The proposed spot for the garden is just outside the school's back doors. Students already use the space as a common area every day, and that will continue, but with a little more learning involved.
"It's going to be an outdoor classroom---an opportunity to take these students to this area, and discuss internet safety and other topics," says De Soto Middle School principal Keith Simmons.
Simmons says the garden will help his staff to remember the lessons Justin's death taught them, and to keep the new age lesson of internet and cell phone safety in the front of the students' minds.
"We don't want to have a short memory. We want to continue to be vigilant in terms of staying in touch with our children as parents and as a school system."
"It's going to be in memory of a wonderful child that went to North De Soto and touched a lot of people's lives," Amy Bloxom adds.
The garden's design is still up in the air. Plans will be finalized in the very near future. The goal is to have it open by the one year anniversary of Justin's death. The garden will be funded completely by private donations.
If you'd like to donate, to receive a donation form, please send an email request to Justice33010@yahoo.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail a donation to:
The Justin Bloxom Alliance for Innocence
572 Hall Rd.
Stonewall, LA 71078
You can also donate at the Mansfield, Stonewall, and Shreveport locations of Progressive National Bank.