Tintern students don colourful clothes in solidarity with Orlando victims

We stand against horror and injustice, says school principal.

Students at Tintern Grammar have sent messages of support to the Mayor of Orlando.

June 20 2016Tintern Grammar in Ringwood East held a special “rainbow day” on Friday 17 June as a show of solidarity with victims of the Orlando shootings and all victims of violence.

Tintern Principal Bradley Fry wrote in the school newsletter, “What was perpetrated in a nightclub in Orlando last week appears to have been the worst of injustice; violence as the ultimate expression of judgement on the rights of others. While this took place a long way away from us, as I said to our students, it is too easy to read a distant story on our iPad, tut tut to ourselves, and swipe to the next current event.

“Although it feels as though this happened a long way away, nearly 50 people died in this tragic rampage of violence and those people are each someone’s son, daughter, brother, sister, father, mother, husband, wife or partner. For them the sun will never rise again and for their loved ones, never again the same way. The extent of this tragedy is impossible to articulate, but as a school we will stand against this and make a statement; both to our own community and with Orlando.”

On Rainbow Day, students and teachers assembled a package of photographs and messages of support to send to the Mayor of Orlando.

“This will be Tintern Grammar’s clear and unequivocal statement that we stand with them against the horror and injustice that has been forced upon them and to express our sorrow for their loss and sadness,” wrote Mr Fry.

He said that events like the Orlando shootings could fuel despair and pessimism in children.

“We owe it to our younger community to protest against these events, to articulate their wrongness, to rail against their injustice. It is by this that we urge our community to speak out and not be silent, to act and not to stand by, when there is injustice.

“By wearing our most colourful clothes … we made a stand with and on behalf of people we do not know, who live 15,000 kilometres away, and by doing so we became more complete as people and as a community.”