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Students Organize Rally To End Gun Violence

Theresa Teresof, Reporter

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     In response to the Parkland shooting, Taft Seniors Ashley Dominick and Lenin M. Plazas hold an anti-violence rally in an effort to promote school safety with the participation of student speakers.

     After a month of planning, the rally took place after school on Thursday, March 22 by the concrete benches near the main entrance. Intended participants were students, teachers, and the administration.

     In an interview Plazas revealed that they were hoping the rally would raise awareness of how to promote school safety. Ways in which safety can be enforced are: limiting the students letting strangers into the school and making sure that security is more vigilant.

     Though the turnout at the rally was far smaller than the walkout of the previous week, the small crowd of students along with teacher, many of whom were from the social studies department, gathered at the main entrance in support of the initiative. Some of the students had prepared posters, that read, “Protect kids not guns!” Of those who attended shared an evidently similar view on the need and importance of guaranteeing safety for staff and students, which was expressed through much cheering and clapping of the crowd.

     Amongst the presenters, students of various grade levels, many of whom had a speeches but few had prepared poems and shared personal experiences pertaining gun violence. Then after a call to unity by socializing with others from one of the speakers the attendees gathered, making social connections with other students they were not acquainted to.

     Despite some concern from the administration that the rally would be another walk-out, the organizers assured them it was a rally with a good cause and got approval just days before it was scheduled.

     “To avoid any issues, the rally was moved to 8th but administration was very accepting of the rally and offered utilities we needed such as speaker, blow horns and microphones.” said Plazas.

     According to the organizers, the rally was an overall success, which was expressed at the end of the event.

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