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VIDEO: Perry Hall Students Pray, Sing Before School

Students shared a religious service by the Perry Hall High School's flag pole Tuesday morning.

A prayer service outside Perry Hall High School Tuesday morning focused on forgiveness, faith and community.

The student-organized congregation gathered around the flag pole near the main entrance, less than 24 hours after a .

"Praise be to God as we deal with the storms in this life. He is just as good now as He is in happy times. I think that's something we need to remember here," said senior Connor Porter, who spoke during portion of the service. "We can blame this on God, or we can turn to him for help. Considering we aren't quite as wise as God is, I think we should turn to Him for help."

Many wore shirts that read "Pray for Daniel," in honor of the 17-year-old shooting victim, and "Team Wasmer," in honor of guidance counselor , who witnesses say intervened and stopped the attack.

Michelle Cody, the school's National Honor Society president, helped organize the event and publicized it on Facebook.

Several teachers also participated in the service, including , a music director, and , a physics teacher. Both regularly participate in Christian clubs at the school.

"God tells us to love our friends and people who we like, but he also tells us to love those who hurt us ... My prayer is as you interact with your friends and talk about what has happened, you remember what God has done for you, and take his love with you and share it with others," Pusateri said before leading a group prayer, which mentioned several members of the school community by name. 

"Show Jesus' love to those in your life, even to those who cause so much hurt," he said.

Charles Herndon, a Baltimore County Public Schools spokesperson, urged media to stay off of school grounds after the service.

"We're trying to keep the school day as normal as possible," Herndon said.

Another was held on Monday evening, organized imediately following the shooting, at .

You August 28, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Wow is this going to piss off liberals... prayer in schools.
Renee August 28, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I was thinking the same thing Wayne. I'm glad they allowed it! I think back to when we were young and all schools said the Pledge and some even prayed at the beginning of each day. Now they're not allowed to do either and schools have gotten more violent. Not saying there is a link, I'm just stating a fact. Makes you wonder though. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this horrible tragedy!
Gomer Pyle August 28, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Good for them. May God bless and protect them.
Sara Hardesty August 28, 2012 at 09:11 PM
i think there is def a link there, renee! it was a really great time there this morning & i was really glad to hear the students how much this helped them to deal with what happened, but also to be able to go into their school day!
Perry August 29, 2012 at 12:07 PM
It is great to see that the Perry Hall community has banded together both in how they reacted so quickly in school when the tragedy began and how the students brought prayer to the community.
Dottie Cordwell August 29, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I am so proud of the students and staff at Perry Hall High. It only took one person to do a horrific act. The staff quickly took action and stopped it from being even worse. The students obeyed instructions in the time of turmoil and made us proud. Then they organized a prayer service outside the school to pray for Daniel and forgive the shooter. These students will be our future leaders and I am so glad they are in my community.
Neal Baker August 29, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I was thinking the same thing, Wayne. I am surprised the ACLU wasn't out there trying to stop it. After all, they have to keep religion and prayer out of school anyway they know how.
D.L. Coleman August 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM
What a wonderful sight! Students and teachers exercising their faith. Really grateful we live in a country where there is still freedom to do so. Whether you believe or not you should respect such a peaceful and caring demonstration of love and forgiveness. I am soooo impressed with these students, maybe some of us (adults) could learn a thing or two from them! Praying for Daniel and continued healing of everyone connected to this tragedy. Peace and Blessings.

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