Parkland Survivors and Other Youth Activists: ‘You’re Going to Listen to Us’ on Gun Violence EWA National Seminar puts spotlight on students

Parkland Survivors and Other Youth Activists: ‘You’re Going to Listen to Us’ on Gun Violence EWA National Seminar puts spotlight on students

At EWA’s 71st National Seminar at the University of Southern California, students discuss the impact of gun violence on their communities. From left: Reporter Evie Blad and students David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Alex King, and Jackson Mittleman. (James Minichello, AASA, for EWA) In an emotionally charged session at the Education Writers Association’s national seminar, several student activists urged journalists to keep the national spotlight on gun violence and not let the shootings at a Florida high school and elsewhere be forgotten. The high school students—Emma González and David Hogg of Parkland, Fla., Alex King of Chicago, and Jackson Mittleman of Newtown, Conn.—rattled off statistics to make the case for gun control, and shared how they turned personal experiences of violence into a commitment to push for change. They spoke during a panel discussion moderated by Education Week staff writer Evie Blad at the University of Southern California here on Wednesday. “This isn’t just an issue that we care a lot about; this is a part of us now,” said Mittleman, a Newtown High School junior and the co-chairman of the Jr. Newtown Action Alliance. He was 11 years old during the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that killed 20 children and six educators. “You’re doing it for the people who aren’t here anymore,” he said. “You’re doing it so people will never again have to experience what you did. … We’re always going to keep pushing [to] ignite youth to speak up and use their voices.” In fact, […]

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