Sentinel High School chose this year to produce a play centered on the aftermath of a school shooting and one that addresses difficult conversations about gun violence, school safety and overcoming tragedy.
The play follows the residents of Newtown, Connecticut, as they attempt to move on after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 left 20 schoolchildren and six adults dead. The play’s title, “26 Pebbles,” draws from the 26 people who died, and whose deaths, like pebbles thrown into a pond, created ripples that were felt far beyond the initial rings.
The student actors and drama teacher know the subject matter will challenge some audiences. But as the number of students exposed to gun violence has continued to rise in the country, more youth are initiating conversations about the topic, how to overcome such tragedies, and how to find hope for the future.
The students in Sentinel’s upcoming production said they hope their play leads viewers to think about how to create a safer future for students. They also want the story to help audiences realize devastating events like the Sandy Hook shooting could happen in any town and leave