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As school officials worked to calm the students, they had a radical idea: Why not extend their peacemaking efforts to the big league level?
Their project to get the Red Sox and Yankees to shake hands before Boston's home opener April 11 at Fenway Park has since been endorsed by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona called the school to tell officials he liked the "The Merriam School Handshake Project," though he added he won't force it on the players.