Seattle Public Schools is asking all fans attending sporting events this weekend to wear something white to signify hope and healing in the wake of last week’s Marysville-Pilchuck tragedy and this week’s passing of an Aki Kurose Middle School student after a shooting.
Here is the official letter from Eric McCurdy, the executive director of athletics of Seattle Public Schools.
“Tragedy has struck two Washington communities in the last week. We have seen how Marysville-Pilchuck has been affected since last Friday, and earlier this week there was yet another fatal incident right here at home. Anahlia Cowherd, a student from Aki Kurose Middle School, was killed in Seattle. The grief her friends, classmates and community feel today is immeasurable. It is with two significant events in mind, that we ask all of you to join us in honoring the students that lost their lives this weekend.
ALL Metro League school principals, athletic directors, coaches, and SPS middle school levels, are asked to reach out to their own school communities in an effort to pay our respects for those directly impacted by these recent events.
We ask ALL FANS attending any Seattle school sporting event this weekend to wear something WHITE signifying HOPE and HEALING. This includes fans, parents, students, administrators and staff attending any and all sports contests — This includes playoff games.
It is at times like these that we must come together to support one another, even if we aren’t personally affected. We express our thoughts and prayers by coming together as ONE and wearing WHITE as a symbol of hope for a better tomorrow.”