Days after one of their classmates took his own life, a group of friends in southern Ohio wanted toÂ send a positive message to the rest of their high schoolÂ student body.
AsÂ WCPO Cincinnati reports, Kwadwo Boateng's suicide on August 25 came as a shock to Mason High School students.
âHe was very positive and outgoing,â sophomore Michelle Crispin told the station. âHe always wanted to make people laugh; he always wanted to talk to everyone, no matter who it was."
So, she and a group of friends wanted to do something in the spirit of their late friend. They wanted to reach out to classmatesÂ and spread an important message: You are not alone.
âSometimes it can be really hard to fit in or feel like you are wanted at such a large school," said Erica English, another sophomore. âWe all thought it would be a good idea to show everyone how they're needed and make everyone feel good."
English, Crispin and their friends spent eight hours Tuesday night writing four thousand (that's right, four thousand) Post-It notesâone for each student at Mason High. Those notes, which bore messages like âYou are loved" and âYou are strong," greeted students on their lockers Wednesday morning.
âA lot of kids, you'd see them walking around with the Post-It notes or you'd see them talking about it, and it just really made me happy," said Crispin. âWe got so many tweets and texts from people who enjoyed it, and it made their day a lot happier."
It may have taken until 10pm.. But seeing everyone's face was worth it! I'm glad we got to put these up ily all :)) pic.twitter.com/Tp0eu1R1u9
? AnnaGrace (@annagaronson) August 31, 2016
While the girls were recognized forÂ their gesture, they sayÂ the real credit should go to Boateng.
âWe basically did this because this is what Kwadwo would do," said student Anna Aronson. âWe want to send positive messages like he would do with his friends every day."
Nothing can bring backÂ Kwadwo Boateng or erase the grief felt by his friends, family and classmates, but these students hopeÂ their "love" notesÂ might help someone else going through a hard time.