Margaret Allen Memorial Fence

Media Advisory, 6.1.18

Margaret Allen M.S. Honors All School Shooting Victims with “What About Us” Project

Mother of a student killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting visited M.A. to honor her child, Erin Peterson


Margaret Allen Middle School created the “What About Us” project, a memorial fence to honor all of the victims that lost their lives in school shootings since Columbine in 1999. (see video attached)


To finish the project, they invited Celeste Peterson, mother of Erin Peterson, to attend the unveiling of the fence, help put her child’s name on the fence and to tell students a little about Erin. Students spray painted a heart for Erin onto the fence while her mother witnessed. After they added the heart, Celeste wrote Erin’s name on the fence and they released a single white balloon. (see link to video)



Stemming from the National Walkout, students wanted a permanent memorial to those lost from gun violence in schools. Students wanted to give Celeste the opportunity see the fence and feel how much they love and care about her and her daughter. M.A. students want all the victims’ families to feel their support.



Celeste Peterson, mother of Virginia Tech victim, Erin Peterson, Margaret Allen M.S. students, Andy Mizell, teacher.


This occurred on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018. It was the last full day of school before summer break.


Margaret Allen Middle School, Nashville, TN.



What About Us Project Explained:

We can arrange an on-camera interview with the teacher and possibly some of the students.

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