Anchor Bay students on gun violence: 'Enough is enough'

Pauline Gross
March 21, 2018

Students walk out as part of a national gun violence protest, March 14, Leesville Road High School, Raleigh, N.C.

The panel discussion was held in light of recent shootings, including the mass killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.in February. I am incredibly heartened by the large number of students who came to the walkout, and I hope we can all find ways to encourage taking action to make a difference and move toward a better future together.

One student stated that there is a difference between black schools and white schools. Others have called for more guns in schools, such as teachers being armed or metal detectors being installed.

The executive order requires that the task force deliver an initial report of its activities to the governor, on or before August 1, which includes a review of current law related to school safety, and a summary of any recommended actions that can be taken to improve it. "I was really happy to have the turnout we did, 400-plus students, so that was great". I knew instantly that I had to get involved. As Parkland student Emma Gonzales said, "We call B.S". It allows students in some schools to be armed with weapons. Roseville Area High School Principal Christina Hester stressed that the walkout was headed by students.

Freedlund said she had planned on going with the students and other staff members were in tow to ensure safety and support. The students were so respectful.

Mayor Sly James was at Southeast High school in support of the students and the movement.

"Everything ran smoothly", Rosadino said, adding that the event lasted about 40 minutes.

At GHS, approximately 500 students walked out of their classrooms just before 10 a.m., and met on the Baldwin athletic fields.

As much was stated in a February 23 email to district families from Roseville Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Aldo Sicoli.

A nation wide walk-out event in high schools across states was addressed and supported by Mulgrew the day before his reaction to gunslinging teachers.

"That the children are leading this is so profound and important", Monahan said.

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The pediatricians are calling for more access to mental health services for children and families, funding for gun violence prevention research, and stronger laws to keep children safe. She said she wanted to help; the group met for the first time February 28. "We need action, we don't just need words....it's a major crisis in our country now", the protestors said.

Junior Kennedy Williams also spoke.

Times are tough, but it's moments like Wednesday - when the whole world is watching children lead a movement that no one else was courageous enough to lead - that should inspire all of us to be a little better. Because of safety and security concerns, the students are not authorized to leave the school building.

The day before the protest, Boone was asked, along with other students in one of his classes, to write an essay about the National School Walkout. The walkout was meant to express this, and to honor the 17 lives lost at the shooting in Parkland.

Beyond making a statement, Saturday's marches aim to make political change by registering and mobilizing people to vote.

Stephanie Enright also stood with the students and her seventh-grade son.

Two more nationwide protests - with local companion marches - are set to take place on March 24 and on April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine, Colorado, school shooting.

"The numbers are penetrating to younger and younger ages", said Bass. "I want to be the voice of change to stand up for those who can not", she said. "I do not feel I will be competent enough one day that I can calmly shoot a campus intruder like a trained police officer or a soldier".

"It's something that I think schools have to have continual conversations on", Gaffney said, "and not wait for tragedy to occur". "For us, this is another piece of the puzzle".

"We can let our voices be heard to raise awareness on this issue", they said.

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