Community prays for peace in schools

By Paige Nash

A lot took place in Minden on Friday, including altercations at Minden High School which resulted in multiple arrests, a bullying incident on a school bus, reports of juveniles with guns and a gun threat in the stands of the Minden High versus Benton High scrimmage. Following this unfortunate series of events, a group of community supporters took it upon themselves to meet in front of Minden High School on Sunday afternoon to pray.  

Local business owner, Jodie Waller-Martin organized this gathering.

“We’ve got kids that were introduced on Friday night to a level of fear that they have never been introduced to before and that’s so sad,” Martin said. “School is supposed to be a safe place. Many of my dear friends are teachers and I want them safe at all levels. So, what we are going to do is, we are going to come together and pray.” 

This group consisted of students, parents, teachers, community leaders and church leaders. Even though they ranged in age, race, denomination and background, they agreed on the first step to solving these issues. That first step was to pray for peace over the school. Dozens did just that, praying aloud as they walked the front lawn. 

They lifted up the Minden High students, parents, staff, members of the Webster Parish School Board, the superintendent, Minden Police Department and Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office as they navigate the weeks to come in search of answers and resolutions.  

The next prayer meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, September 9 at the school – an hour before Minden High School’s season opener against Homer. 


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