C.R. Washington students pledge against gun violence
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) —
October 19th is the national day of concern about young people and gun violence.
It’s a subject the Washington community is all too familiar with.
In March Washington High School student Sanquez Jackson died in an accidental shooting.
“One of my close friends he played basketball and he went here but he got shot because one of his friends they were playing with a gun and they weren't supposed to,” says Cordal Lewis, a Washington freshman.
Accidental or intentional the decision to involve guns in any situation escalates the violence.
“We have had a lot of gun violence with teens like a lot of teens have guns and I don't feel like that’s right and it's unsafe,” says Edna Abraham a Washington Sophomore.
Now Washington High School is putting the topic in focus.
“Every student at Washington High School and every staff member are going to stop and pause and engage in very robust conversations and dialog about gun violence and what things we can do as a community to stop that, particularly among young people,” says Dr. Carlos Grant, Interim Principal.
Students are writing poems, essays and songs to help fuel the conversation and a wider social media campaign.
“I think the social media piece is going to really drive them because that’s how they communicate now and that’s how they get their word out,” says Grant.
Students are being asked sign a simple pledge with a powerful message.
"As a student at Washington High School I pledge that: I will never bring a gun to school. I will never use a gun to settle a personal problem or dispute. I will use my influence with my friends to keep them from using guns from settling disputes. My individual choices and actions, when multiplied by those of young people throughout the country, will make a difference. Together, by honoring this pledge, we can reverse the violence and grow up in safety."
“It's not worth taking someone's life or losing one of your own because of a gun it's not worth it,” says Abraham.
Grant says he want students to understand the importance of reporting illegal weapons on and off campus in the hopes of saving young lives.