They actually painted over Alyssa’s rock. Let it be known that Gland admin cares more about a red rock then a girl who lost her life at 17 💜 pic.twitter.com/6z7P9d59lP
— Lyss (@alyssanicole144) July 22, 2017
“We understand that students are grieving and for the time being, the rock will remain purple,” the school said in a June second statement.
Five to seven weeks later, with empty hallways and vacant lockers, school administrators made their move; painting the rock back to its original color.
The school also said in its June second remarks that the rock was originally painted in honor of a deceased school employee. But at the time, students said they had no idea: “Of course we didn’t know this prior and felt bad hearing about it,” said Danielle Jakob, then a senior at the school.
Alyssa Shearing, a rising sophomore at Guilderland High School School, admitted the presence of the original memorial but says she never thought the school would paint over Alyssa’s: “Having her tribute on our school grounds is like having a piece of her still with us. I know that they said they would repaint a red color over top of the purple but I just never thought they would actually have the audacity to paint over a memorial for a 17-year-old girl who lost her life in such a tragedy.”
Guilderland High School did not immediately respond to a comment request for this story.
Guilderland isn’t the first area school district to paint over a student memorial. CLICK HERE to see how Shaker High School handled a similar situation.