WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Schools across Kansas are showing their support for the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department and the family of Dep. Robert Kunze.
(Courtesy: Bob Marin)
Students at Benton Elementary lined the street Friday afternoon while a motorcade carrying Kunze's body passed their schools. They waved flags and even showed some great emotion the fallen deputy was transported from Central Community Church to Resthaven Cemetery.
Principal Shane Dent said some of the students have parents who worked with Kunze on in the Wichita Police Department's Patrol West. He said those children were hit particularly hard.
While not everyone was able to attend the service, they still want to show their support.
In the Fairfield School District Elementary School students and staff "went blue" on Friday in honor of Deputy Kunze.
"Our heart is with you @SGCountySheriff and the Kunze family. #DeputyKunze," the district said in a Facebook post.
Goddard Eisenhower students have planned a "blackout" in blue to show their support at Friday night's game.
The theme for tomorrow is black out with Eisenhower blue to support our fallen officer. Game is at home against Goddard we need everyone to come support! Tailgate starts @ 4:30 and game starts @ 7!— Tiger Nation (@EHSZoo) September 20, 2018
Students at Maize High School also wore blue on Friday in memory of Deputy Kunze.
MHS Students: Wear Blue on Friday in memory of Deputy Robert Kunze. pic.twitter.com/CIV6yw7FmB— Maize High StuCo (@MaizeHighStuco) September 19, 2018
A parent at Campus High School created a special t-shirt for students and staff to wear to show their support for the deputy's family and the sheriff's office.
The high school also tweeted out pictures of the football team's helmets with a single blue stripe. The school said the players would wear them Friday night when they take on Salina South. The school said it would also do a blue out at Colt Stadium "in memory and respect for Deputy Kunze."
Salina South said it would also be joining campus by wearing blue to show its support.
In honor of fallen Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy Robert K. Kunze,@campus_football is wearing a blue stripe on there helmets for tomorrow’s nights homecoming game at Colt Stadium vs. Salina South. @Channel_060 @CampusColts pic.twitter.com/UUVDi3El3U— Campus Football (@campus_football) September 20, 2018
In Mount Hope blue-clad students at St. Joseph Catholic School stood in formation to spell out Kunze's badge number, D1584.
Derby High School students honored Kunze Friday night with the deputy's name painted on their backs.
Seemingly every school in the state did something to honor the fallen deputy, joining thousands who rallied together to end a difficult week on a positive note.