I’ve been so inspired by the Florida students who are stepping up and becoming agents of change following the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But I’ve been reminded that there have been students struggling to make their voices heard on the gun violence that happens in their communities on the regular, affecting their well-being every day. So I wanted to dedicate today’s post to some of those students in Chicago.
A group of classmates banded together after the death of their classmate, Hadiya Pendleton in 2013, and created a movement to wear orange, the color commonly worn by hunters in the woods to protect themselves from being shot. It has since become a national movement, but I admit that until today I had not heard of it.
Henderson Elementary School March
In March of 2017, students at Henderson Elementary School marched and had a rally protesting gun violence after Kanari Gentry Bowers (12) and Takiya Holmes (11) were shot while playing on local playgrounds.
Polaris Charter Academy
A good NPR story (3min) of students at the Polaris Charter Academy, who did an anonymous survey and found that 91 out of 100 students were directly affected by gun violence in their area. Near the end of the 2017 school year, they organized a march that cultivated in playing on the playground (something that they were kept from doing multiple times during the school year, as nearby gunshots would force them to have recess inside)