YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As Youngstown State University students wrap up their finals for the fall semester, some gathered on campus Wednesday morning for prayer.
The gathering was held near the rock outside of Kilcawley Center. Students prayed for peace on campus and in the community.
The event was organized by members of the Campus Ministry Organization as a way to spread the message of peace, rather than hatred, especially in light of recent terrorists attacks around the world.
Nicky Uerling, a campus minister, said the prayer gathering was a way to recognize the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Paris and in the U.S. and stand together in the light of recent pro-ISIS messages that were found on the rock last month.
“Between the attacks on Paris and here on campus too, people painting the rock with pro-ISIS messages, I think it was just a way for us to respond and say, ‘No, that’s no OK,’ and lets spread the message of peace and hope,” Uerling said.
Uerling said many on campus have expressed opposition to the threatening messages painted on the rock, adding that the landmark has been repainted in holiday colors, promoting the YSU’s Newman Center.