Arapahoe shooting survivors meet with Berrendo community

Posted at: 01/25/2014 10:13 PM
Updated at: 01/25/2014 10:34 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Berrendo Middle School students and parents met with students from Arapahoe High School Saturday night for an emotional and empowering event.

They made a pact to get through pain together - calling it Warrior Strong, Bulldog Brave.

Berrendo Middle School student Marisa Moncayo says she left the event feeling grateful.

"It makes me really happy and they kind of made me become stronger in a way and to not be scared, and so I just want to say thank you to the school in Colorado," Moncayo said.

Students at Berrendo heard from students who survived the shooting at Arapahoe last month. They talked about what they went through and how they pushed forward.

"I'm actually afraid to go in the gym but now that the Colorado kids told me it will be alright I have more faith in myself," Moncayo said.

It all started with a message from a student at Arapahoe. He posted it on Youtube, reaching out to Roswell.

"Our community, our school, we're all here for you guys," it said.

That is when people in Roswell teamed up to raise money to bring him and 19 other students to town to talk face to face.

Organizers posted welcoming signs and prepared a plaque for them.

"Thank you for your time and compassion, the city thanks you from the bottom of our hearts, forever united as one," it said.