Today’s Stories from our Schools entry comes from Tech Valley High School® where students recently added their voices to the growing global chorus calling for the release of nearly 300 Nigerian school girls and, in the process, raised awareness of the girls’ plight.
The students, some of whom were not previously aware of the situation, not only learned on Friday about the kidnapping, but the power of social media. The Tweet from the school, sent Friday at about noon time, featured most of TVHS’ students posing in front of the Albany skyline holding signs that state #BringBackOurGirls. The hashtagged-phrase has become an international rallying cry for the release of more than 270 Nigerian school girls who are being held hostage by terrorists in Nigeria.
The TVHS tweet — one of more than 1 million that has been sent — drew a “Thank You” tweet from a Nigerian entrepreneur and media coverage, including a story on NBC news’ international page and another story on a global news website.