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Ashdown, AR students hold prayer vigil after Newtown, CT tragedy

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ASHDOWN, AR (KSLA) -

More than 200 people showed up Tuesday morning in front of Ashdown Junior High School to pray for the Newtown, Connecticut victims, family members and the community.

"It makes us feel better that we can help people like those in Connecticut by remembering and honoring their families," says Quincy Nettles, Ashdown student.

The flags at Ashdown Junior High School are at half-staff, like others around the country after last week's shooting.

"I don't know how they feel in Connecticut, but I know they are going through a bunch of pain," says another student, Joe Pennington.

Students with the Ashdown Student Council and the Christian Club planned the event to help those affected by the shooting.

School officials say they hope the event will also keep the ArkLaTex safety conscious.

"I think it could definitely happen here. Nobody is safe from things like this. You can put in security measures. You can hire an officer. But it can happen anywhere," says teacher Eliza Simmons.

Simmons encourages other ArkLaTex schools to support the Newtown community.

Organizers asked attendees to wear green and white, the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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