Madeleine Connery: In self-defense, students demand action on gun safety

Madeleine Connery: In self-defense, students demand action on gun safety

This commentary is by Madeleine Connery, who is heading into her junior year at Champlain Valley Union High School. A chip bag pops open during lunch, and a rare millisecond of silence is experienced. No one moves or breathes, several flinch, then all is resumed as the adrenaline dissipates. One hundred children just mistook a bag of Doritos for an AK-47. One hundred children just said hello and goodbye to their fear of tragic death — a common misunderstanding in American public schools. Some teens turn away from the threat, while others grab a pen and picket sign in fearless self-defense. Madeleine Ahmaudi of the Essex-Westford school district is one of the former. Maddie is a sophomore in high school and the leader of Students Demand Action VT. Students Demand Action is a grassroots movement of young people across the country who are urging legislators to pass common-sense gun legislation and fighting for gun violence prevention. One of their most powerful tools for doing so is education. Most recently in the Champlain Valley School District and the Essex-Westford district, an informatory email was sent out to all parents. This short and to-the-point statement covered how to safely and securely store guns, where you can get gun locks, why this is important, and other resources as well if people wish to learn more. Though the statement was brief, the pushback was prevalent. Eva Frazier, a junior at Champlain Valley and member of Students Demand Action VT, met multiple times with […]

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