Hoboken students to host Columbine anniversary rally for gun control

20 April, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Talia Pomp, a senior at East Chapel Hill High School and one of the organizers, said the intent of the walkout is to disrupt and to engage in civil disobedience.

Inspired by the courageous students in Parkland, Florida and across the nation, the broad coalition of teachers, education support professionals, parents, students, community groups, gun violence groups and social activists are pushing back against flawed proposals like arming school staff members, and demanding real solutions to the problem, and real resources that teachers need for students to succeed.

The strongest recommendations from students will be presented at the school board meeting on Tuesday, April 24th, according to the walkout's organizers.

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It's the third rally calling for more stringent gun laws since the Valentine's Day shooting at a South Florida high school when 17 people were killed, triggering a wave of student activism. Private schools including Pembroke, Bishop Miege and Rockhurst also are involved as well as students from University of Missouri-Kansas City and Rockhurst University. The National School Walkout will take place at 10 a.m. The Student Government Association at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach came up with a slogan for the occasion: Be kind.

April 20 is the event organized by students across the country as part of the National School Walkout.

"A lot of people don't really know about the Columbine shooting because it didn't happen when they were alive", Caruso says.

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In an event later Friday, students and educators will walk out in a citywide movement against gun violence and demand that political leaders invest in resources for students.

"We recognize that free speech and the right to protest are important parts of the American democratic process; however, Friday is a school day and we expect students to attend classes throughout the day", Johnson wrote.

"He worked with us and said we could maybe do something during lunch, but we chose to organize it after school so that we can gather an audience of people who genuinely want to be there", Basilone said in a text message. As an unofficial consultant to schools hit by shootings because of his experience, he said he has always told them to consider what their community wants, rather than follow a template.

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In this March 14, 2018, file photograph, 15-year-old Leah Zundel waves a placard during a student walkout to protest gun violence on the soccer field behind Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Some Columbine students are planning a compromise by holding a combined vigil and voter registration rally on Thursday night.



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