School Cancels Students' Plan To Honor Student Who Was Shot And Killed

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Alonna Allison was gunned down on Aug. 29. The 17-year-old basketball player who aspired to play for the University of Notre Dame was a junior at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Her classmates mourned her death and planned to honor her life by coordinating a “white out” at a school football game on Sept. 4. Students planned to wear all-white shirts to honor her memory and call for an end to violence, NBC 33 reported. However, the plan was stopped by Fort Wayne Community Schools.

In a statement, the school district said the memorial event might be “very disruptive to the school environment.”

“This is a tragic situation, but we cannot set a precedent of allowing such memorials," the school district said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the death of students and former students is something we have to deal with occasionally, and we have to establish and follow procedures and guidelines to minimize disruptions to the learning environment.”

An anonymous parent told NBC 33 that she was disappointed in the district’s decision.

“No matter what the shootings happened, no matter what has happened there's a girl. A young girl. And they were behind her family, and I think that the youth are tired of the violence and they wanted to show that," the parent said. "So it was kind of sad to see Fort Wayne Community Schools say, 'Nwe're not going to do that. We're not going to let you do that.’"

Fort Wayne Community Schools said they would hold a moment of silence before all football games this week.

Sources: NBC 33, The Journal Gazette

Photo Credit: The Journal Gazette, ABC 21 Alive