Student Activism Around Gun Violence Continues

Posted On: 5/11/2018 2:30 PM

Student-led activism to end gun violence erupted across the country this spring and Friends schools were a part of the national movement. Sparked by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings in Parkland, Florida in February, Friends schools and Friends school students were called to stand up for the Quaker values of peace and nonviolence and be part of the call for action to end gun violence in our country.
  • Over 70 heads of Quaker schools signed Friends Council’s statement in support of student activism around gun violence. The statement, released on March 12, 2018, is a declaration of support for student activists across the country, an affirmation that physical and emotional safety are prerequisites for students to engage fully in school life, and a call for public officials to heed the call of students across the country and take action to address gun violence. The full statement can be read here.

  • Friends School Students Engage in Varying Forms of Student Activism around Gun Violence on March 14, 2018 as part of #Enough. Our nation witnessed an outpouring of student activism on March 14, 2018 as part of the #ENOUGH National Student Walkout to protest gun violence.At Friends schools across the country, that activism took varying forms, from participating in the national walkout to letter writing, attending Meeting for Worship, sending affirmations, and praying for peace. Friends Council received information and stories from over 15 different Friends schools.

  • Friends School student engagement continues. On April 20, 2018 as part of a second national student-led walk out to protest gun violence, students in Friends schools were again active and engaged. Students from Germantown Friends School and Friends Select collaborated with 10 other high schools from the Philadelphia area to implement a powerful walkout off campus, a die-in at City Hall, and a rally in Center City, Philadelphia. Germantown Friends School was featured in multiple news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Philadelphia Inquirer, Metro US and CBS. Read GFS’ news story here.



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