Students organize non-violent movement at Chicago high school

Project Orange Tree took root in the minds of two students at King College Prep, in honor of their friend and classmate Haidiya Pendelton.

Today is the first of four days to begin this non-violence movement.

The energy of high school spirit is evident.  Students wore the color orange as a reminder of a problem these students want to face head on: Violence.

Students Victor Taylor and RaSia Khepra are behind the movement, which includes four days of fasting and wearing blaze orange clothes and buttons.

King College Prep Principal Shontae Higginbottom ¬†supports the idea saying, “I think it’s a worthwhile opportunity because what it does is it makes adults aware of the plight of our youth and the problems that our youth are having in society, specifically gun violence.”

Haidiya Pendelton’s parents will be launching their own foundation in her honor as well this week.

You can follow the movement on twitter at @Pro_OrangeTree

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

11 comments

  • Tired cop

    ALL OF THAT IS FOR NOTHING NONE OF HADIYA FRIENDS WHO WERE AT THE SCENE HELPED US DURING HER DEATH INVESTIAGTION.THE CASE WAS SOLVED BY GOOD OLD FASHION POLICE WORK FROM HARD WORKING DEDICATED OFFICERS.THE MAIN PROBLEM IS THESE PITIFUL PARENTS ARE NOT RAISING THEIR KIDS AND THEY WANT THE SCHOOLS THE POLICE AND EVERY OTHER AGENCY TO RAISE THEIR KIDS AND THEY SUPPORT THIS STUPID ASS NO SNITCHN CULTURE THAT THEY ALSO ARE A PART OF THE SAD THING IS THERE R A BUNCH OF HADIYAS THAT WILL DIE BECAUSE OF THIS .STOP MARCHING AND START PUTTING YOUR FOOT IN YOUR KIDS ASS AND STOP TRYIN TO BE THEIR FRIENDS

    • Fed up

      I agree. If the parents don't want to raise their kids, fine. Take the kids away and put them into a military school. That will straighten these kids out. Oh also, take ALL of the parents government benefits away, seeing that they now have no children to support.

    • Ashia Tukes

      It is for something: To start a movement. And you obviously had your facts wrong. Her friends DID help. Don't believe everything you hear on TV. I actually knew her.

    • real black parent

      Re: THE CASE WAS SOLVED BY GOOD OLD FASHION POLICE WORK FROM HARD WORKING DEDICATED OFFICERS.

      Yeah, and none of the neighbors help when theirs a fire. All those fires in the city get put out by by good old fashioned firefighting by hard working dedicated firefighters. And while we're at it, none of those damned homeowners helped build their houses. The houses in this city was built by good old fashion carpentry and masonry by hardworking dedicated construction workers. It's a damned shame when people are actually forced to do their jobs.

  • Ashia Tukes

    We're having the movement to do just that. Without a movement how can you bring change? And police don't always help in out communities. You obviously don't live where some people do…

  • Fed up

    How can you blame anybody for lumping you together, when that's what you see on the news? You say that there were a select few in the group that were in a group? Why didn't they talk? Why didn't her friends ask some questions and try and find out information to give to the police? If my friend got shot and killed, you can bet your lofe i would do all of the digging that I possibly could to find out information that would pit the animals Who shot him behind bars. Those kids knew something. As far as I'm concerned, if you don't take a stand, you're part of the problem! People take a stand all of the time, and risk great bodily harm to themselves. They're called soldiers, police officers, and firefighters. I hope this movement works and it doesn't fizzle out, but more has to be done. You have to help clean up your neighborhoods, and help yourselves. NOBODY else can, or will, do it for you. The marches do nothing. I do applaud the people who are organizing this, hopefully more people in these neighborhoods, like the parents will do more.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 639 other followers