WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The hash tag, which allows people to search and group ideas together on Twitter, is being used by teens for support, comfort and prayer.
Students of McMichael High School created the hash tag #prayformsjones after principal Leigh Jones was injured in a head-on car crash.
The hash tag has brought hundreds of well wishes to the principal still recovering in the hospital.
“I woke up with millions and millions of people retweeting me,” said West Forsyth student Jake Still, who started the hash tag #prayforryan for his friend Ryan Wood.
The hash tag led to people retweeting and responding from around the world. Wood died of cancer in early January.
“It was just unbelievable to see so many people around the nation and world showing they care,” Still said.
Dr. Ken Meyers, pastor for Christian Formation at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, said social media is the youth’s way of creating a community that shares concerns, compassion and faith.
“When these kids are tweeting about their fellow student, principal, teachers or coaches … what they are simply doing is showing this is the way I know first to get about making connections and developing community,” Meyers said.