Supporters at the game held banners in support of the Saugus victims
The football game was very emotional, and was dedicated to honoring the victims of the tragic Saugus school shooting. I had a chance to ask a fellow Sophomore, Ethan Liao, how he felt throughout the game. He said, “The game was such a great experience. It was very heartwarming to see all of the students supporting our team and getting the win for the spirit of Saugus.” Fans from various schools in the valley packed the bleachers and showed their remembrance of the shooting by wearing blue and holding #saugusstrong banners. A moment of silence was also held during halftime, and several blue balloons were released, honoring the number of victims resulting from the tragedy. The football game was among many events where the community of Santa Clarita came together to honor the victims and overcome the horrible events that occurred. During the vigil that was held, the community came out to support the families who have lost their loved ones. People lit thousands of glow sticks and left various items to show their comfort and support for the victims. Speakers praised students and community members for showing strength even through these tough times. One of the victim’s brother delivered a touching speech that honored his sister who had passed away. The Santa Clarita mayor, Marsha McLean, also came out and spoke in honor of those who passed away and thanking the community of Santa Clarita for their support.
This shooting was a very shocking event that was thought to be unheard of in our relatively safe community. Although the shooting was very tragic, it has brought the community together and helped spread a call to action against gun violence.