WESTMINSTER, Calif. — Westminster High School students are speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The students are a part of Operation Be Kind, a nonprofit with a high school club chapter.
The club’s members got together and created a 90-second-long video. The students clipped together pieces showing the aftermath of how communities reacted following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Johnathan Truong, Westminster High School club historian, helped put the video together.
“As youthful high schoolers, we feel a lack of voice as we witness our world propel out of control every single day. However, as a club we knew we had a platform to inspire others to make a positive change in the world. Even though we are too young to vote, we are not too young to make our voices heard,” said Ryan Nguyen, president of the high school's club chapter.
Operation Be Kind was founded by Jeanine Rountree in 2017 after she spent an afternoon with her friends feeding homeless people who were living in the Santa Ana Courthouse Courtyard. That experience stuck with Rountree and wouldn’t leave her thoughts.
Within hours, she gathered close friends and family members to her house to put together “be kind bags.” Each bag contained hygiene kits and items for homeless people. Since then, Operation Be Kind has grown to helping low-income families, at-risk youth, health care workers fighting COVID-19, a high school club on Westminster High School’s campus and more.
“Since day one, it has been our mission to inspire our youth to be kind and compassionate to everyone, especially those in need," said Jeanine Rountree, founder of Operation Be Kind. "We are incredibly proud of Operation Be Kind Westminster High School Club for advocating kindness through this moving video to stand with Black Lives Matters. These inspiring youths are our future and I'm confident changes will happen when they can freely use their voices and act with compassion and kindness.”