The scene on the football field after last week’s football game between East Wake and Rolesville was all the more impressive because it wasn’t a parent- or teacher-led gathering.
Young people – from both schools – formed a circle, held hands and prayed for the late Isaiah Langston a Rolesville High football player who died earlier in the week after collapsing at a football game. The circle included students from the stands, cheerleaders and football players – the same ones who had just battled each other for two hours in that same field.
The gathering was brief. It appeared by all accounts to be sincere. And it’s a clear sign that teenagers aren’t always thinking of themselves, first, last and always. Teenagers can have empathy and express sympathy. East Wake students – some of them at least – have had their own brush with mortality after the sudden, unexpected death of a popular student a few years ago.
East Wake School of Arts Principal Mike James noted later that the gathering was the students’ idea. The decision for East Wake students to wear red – the color of their opponent – was also the work of students.
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Often we hear of the unwise decisions students make that land them in hotwater. Many of those stories land in places like this newspaper. But students make good decisions, too. Friday night’s game was evidence of that and those young people deserve our praise for realizing that there are things more important that themselves.
Their actions speak volumes about the good job many parents have done in raising their children. It reflects well on our entire community.