D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Many coast high schoolers showed their support for law enforcement on Back the Blue Day.
On Aug. 27, students at D'Iberville High School let their appreciation and support of law enforcement show with a simple choice of wardrobe.
Many of them wore blue to say they stand with those protecting the community they call home. "There's so much anti-sentiment about law enforcement. When you have high school students coming together to say thank you for what you do, it means a lot to us," said D'Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne.
Payne accepted the invite to the school by the S.A.V.E. club, or Students Against Violence Everywhere. The students not only presented the police with thank you gifts, but also gave a piece of blue candy to their classmates who wore blue.
"It means a lot to me. I appreciate cops. I know that cops do get a lot of hate for a lot of things that they do. They're just trying to keep the world a better place, so I appreciate everyone showing their support," said senior, Kaleigh King.
King and her classmate, Christian Robrecht were hoping this would help the officers know how much value they add to the community. Robrecht said their presence is always welcome at the school.
"They're more like a family to us. They've helped me and I know so many others so much. We just have a wonderful relationship with them," she said.
That relationship something that brings Chief Payne a lot of pride. He says it's important to him to have a constant presence at the schools. "We have officers at every school. They mentor, counsel and are friends to these students," said Payne.
Payne believes their efforts create a mutual trust that benefits both the school and the police department. The Back the Blue event is an effort that has gained traction nationwide.