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Evening rally against gun violence draws Jeffco students

Posted 3/15/18

Golden High School senior Emmy Adams and her friend Kaylee Coffman helped organize a district-wide rally for the Jefferson County Public Schools community, held the evening of March 14, as a …

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jeffco schools

Evening rally against gun violence draws Jeffco students

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Mass shootings of any kind — whether it be in a movie theater, event venue or a school — should not be something that we as a society is accustomed to.
 
“Shootings have become a normal thing,” said Golden High School freshman Kate Bain, “and they shouldn’t be. Something needs to happen.”
 
To voice this, a district-wide rally for the Jefferson County Public Schools community took place in the evening of March 14 as a continuation of the National School Walkout to End Gun Violence.
 
The rally, held at the North Area Athletic Complex, featured student speakers, student performers, guest speakers and area politicians. Roughly 200 people, a mix of students and adults, attended.
It’s important for students to see the larger network of support that they have, said Amanda Benson of Arvada, a mother and member of both the Jeffco and Colorado PTA organizations.
 
“When kids see the community come together, they’re more likely to engage in community advocacy,” she said. “They realize their voices do matter.”
 
School safety is a priority for all of us, said Ron Mitchell, president of the Jefferson County School District. And all of us must do better, he added.
 
“Kids should be able to feel safe going to school every day,” said Golden High Schooler Dejah Watson.
“They shouldn’t have to have a fear for their safety, always in the back of their minds.”

The rally, held at the North Area Athletic Complex, featured student speakers, student performers, guest speakers and area politicians. Roughly 200 people, a mix of students and adults, attended. 

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