Future School of Fort Smith students will send art they made honoring the Parkland, Fla., shooting victims to the principal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the art teacher said.
"They all said while doing this project that they did not want it to be about gun control or about politics," art teacher Melody Smith said Tuesday evening at an exhibit for the students' work. "They wanted it to be about 17 lives lost, so that's what the whole project is about."
The theme of the memorial was "Seventeen" to represent the 17 people who were killed in the shooting Feb. 14.
Student Stephen Harris' piece included the number 17 outlined in the victims' names. It also read, "It isn't about politics or guns or schools. It's about the fact that 17 were lost."
Student Jose Esbarva said that the shooter should have been admitted to a mental hospital before the shooting happened, and his piece was intended to focus on that rather than gun laws.
Smith said that the project started a dialogue in class, adding that she heard students talking about how they hoped that if they were in that situation, they would try to protect other people. Harris also mentioned that Future School students hosted a town hall where they discussed school safety.