Bethune-Cookman University holds prayer vigil for recent shootings

Students, faculty express concern over recent shootings on, off campus

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Students and faculty at Bethune-Cookman University gathered for a prayer vigil on campus Wednesday afternoon, expressing concern about the recent shootings both on and off campus involving their students.

"Violence is not our university. It is about love, sharing and being about good work," said Dr. Edison Jackson, president of B-CU.

Students believe the vigil is a step in the right direction.

"This is the positive change that we need to see on our campus and I think that this is a step closer towards greatness," said Victoria Harrison.

"It was really needed. Especially everything that's been going on on our campus and in the community," said Deborah Johnson.

Jackson also promised 24-hour eating facilities, on campus events and a new code of conduct to promote positivity and safety at the university.

"Providing those safe havens on campus as alternatives versus the not-so-safe environments off campus is a lot more better and it represents our university better," said student Wallace Wyatt III.

A university that believes change starts with a prayer.

"A prayer never stops. So hopefully, we'll have more events like this to bring peace and solidarity," said Johnson.

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