Butler pride mural greets returning students

After the tragedy at Butler High on Oct. 29, the community rallied around the school. Local businesses dropped off food, coffee and snacks.

One volunteer, Shane Pierce, decided to help in a different way. The local artist, known as Abstract Dissent, heard about what happened at Butler and reached out to the school.

"He just called us and volunteered to do a mural for us," said Dottie Flaherty, Butler senior administrative secretary. "He came in and worked all night long so the mural would be ready when students returned."

Pierce said his art is a way that he can give to others. "That's what the purpose of my art is," he said. Pierce worked for 10 hours and used a gallon of primer and 20 cans of spray paint to complete the new "We are Butler" mural.

When students returned to school Nov. 1, they saw the mural in the school's cafeteria for the first time. Many students paused to take photos and posted them on social media with the hashtag #WeAreButler.

"The support of our community has been overwhelming," said Principal John LeGrand. "Having Shane Pierce come in and donate his time means so much to our Butler family as we work to move forward."

"I hope this piece will bring the kids together," said Pierce.

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