By JB Clark
TUPELO – Taylor Haney painted peace signs on the faces of children Saturday morning at the Link Centre while another child beat a drum and another painted a shirt with bright colors.
Taylor, 12, was hosting a paint party to stand for peace.
Her group, called Neo Hippie Kids, is dedicated to stand up against violence, especially violence against children.
“There is too much war and violence,” she said. “And we’re painting because you just can’t create violence while you’re painting.”
Taylor’s mom, Kim Haney, said her daughter was hit hard by the Newtown school shooting and has since been more aware of violence against children.
“Children are always the weakest and always the one that suffer the most,” she said. “Taylor wanted to do something that stood up a little and said, ‘Enough is enough,’ and have a voice.”
More than a dozen children and their parents showed up to the Link Centre Saturday morning to participate in the event, some that Taylor knew personally and others who heard about the event through word of mouth.
Yoga instructor Diana Emig led some of the participants in a free yoga session as a part of the peaceful demonstration.
Haney said her daughter plans to spend the year finding ways to promote peace.
They will display the canvases painted Saturday outside of the office they lease at the Link Centre.