Miami Middle School Students Hope Their Magazine Will Help End Gun Violence

Miami Middle School Students Hope Their Magazine Will Help End Gun Violence

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Middle school students at Everglades K-8 Center in Miami are working on a magazine about mass shootings and hope to distribute it to every member of Congress. The morning after the Feb. 14, 2018, school shooting in Parkland, Fla., a middle school teacher in nearby Miami stood in front of his speech and debate class and had no idea what to say. "It’s a powerful thing when 13-year-olds and 14-year-olds are looking up to you for an answer to something that you don’t have an answer for," said Kelsey Major, a teacher at Everglades K-8 Center, a public school about 50 miles south of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people had been killed in the shooting. "In speech and debate, I was speechless," he said. What started as a loss for words later became a group civics project aimed at ending gun violence. A club of about 40 sixth, seventh and eighth graders are now working on their second edition of a magazine designed to persuade federal lawmakers to pass legislation that would help prevent mass shootings. They’re pushing for a range of policy changes, including further limits on gun ownership, "red flag" laws to keep guns away from potentially dangerous people and greater investment in mental health care in schools. The publication, called First Shot , features persuasive essays about gun reform policies, short biographies and drawings of victims, data analysis of mass shooting statistics and poetry. This year, the focus is on shootings in "safe […]

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