Lake Ridge New Tech Schools mourns for Texas, shooting victims

Lake Ridge New Tech Schools mourns for Texas, shooting victims

A mood of solemn sadness filled the cool spring air outside of the Lake Ridge
New Tech Conference Center. There, members of the Lake Ridge Educational
Foundation and the Calumet community came together to remember the 19
students and two teachers who were killed, along with the 17 students who
were wounded, when an 18-year-old gunman entered Robb Elementary school
in Uvalde, Texas, carrying an AR 15 Assault rifle on May 24.

After a moment of silence, the names of the victims were read and their pictures
posted. The 1985 children’s anthem “We are the World,” played in the
background.

Lake Ridge Educational Foundation Vice-President Tanya Tribble said she felt
compelled to do something to show solidarity with the victims and their
families.

“When I first heard about the shooting, I was devastated,” she said. “I cannot
imagine any parent or grandparent going through that—it just broke my heart.
They are going to need help, and we want to make sure we help them.”

That help has come in the form of a T-shirt sale. So far, the LERF has raised more
than $600 through the effort. The burgundy-colored shirts are emblazoned with
the statement: “Indiana United for Uvalde.”

Tribble said all proceeds from the sale will be sent to a bank in Uvalde that’s
handling donations for the school.

“A school shooting anywhere affects schools everywhere,” said Dr. Sharon
Johnson-Shirley, Superintendent of the Lake Ridge New Tech Schools. “It is time
for us to come together as a nation and do something to end this violence.”

Anyone interested in purchasing a T-shirt can make a check out to the Lake Ridge
Educational Foundation and mail it to the Lake Ridge New Tech Central Office in
care of the LREF, at 6111 West Ridge Road, Gary, Indiana 46408.