UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — A Prince George’s County High School held a France Commemoration Day, completely inspired by students.

Student “Sodapop” Mantanico says he was watching the news over the weekend and thought about what students at Frederick Douglass High School could do. The students started the day listening to the song “We Are The World,” and then created a giant flag with a peace icon in the center, which has become iconic symbol in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The school also endorsed the idea of 17-year-old student Kaishea White, and allowed students to wear the colors of the French flag rather than school uniforms Wednesday in a show of solidarity.

Kim Watson, who helps run the International Baccalaureate Program at the school, says the students’ idea fit right into their mission.

“It really ties in with the philosophy and mission to make the world a better place,” Watson says. “It’s one small gesture where we can say we are with the people of France.”

WNEW’s Jenny Glick contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

  1. Islam is NOT a religion of peace! Recommended reading “The Life of Muhammad” written by the Muslim historian Ibn Ishaq in 768 AD. The book gives an accurate picture of Muhammad… The very violent and aggressive military commander who fought and killed neighboring tribes into submission.

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