CLARK, NJ - On Wednesday, March 14, students at Arthur L. Johnson High School organized a student led assembly in recognition and support of the National School Walk Out event created by the March for Our Lives Movement.
This date was chosen because it is the one month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day. The brief assembly was scheduled to last exactly 17 minutes in remembrance of the 17 students and teachers who perished in the shooting.
The event was organized by juniors Rachel Papa and Erin Heaning. Students gathered in the auditorium at 10:45 a.m. “Regardless of whether you are pro or anti-gun control, there is one thing that we can all agree on. Students and staff have the right to learn and teach in an environment free from fear of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school. Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day,” said Papa.
Papa went on to read a poem entitled “It’s a Cycle by Eli Jacobson” which discusses the cycle of shooting, followed by hopes and prayers, followed by inaction, only to be repeated again endlessly.
Papa closed her comments by reading a list of the 17 individuals who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The assembly was attended by approximately 70 students. Students are planning to continue their efforts by attending a March for Our Lives event on Saturday, March 24.
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