MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair parents are raising concerns after an anti-gun-violence mural painted by Montclair High School students is appropriate for children to see.
The new mural entitled, "Never Again," located under the train trestle on Chestnut Street, has sparked debate among neighbors, who think the images may be too graphic for students to see.
The images painted on the mural shows the silhouetted images of six students wearing backpacks. Some of the backpacks have bullseye targets and others have flowers growing out of the backpacks.
Signed by Montclair High School graduates, May Li and Aneekah Uddin, the project was under the supervision of teachers at Montclair High School's Civics and Government Institute and approval from New Jersey Transit officials, who own the overpass.
Lin said that she doesn't want school to be a place of fear, but safety. She added, that art is an avenue for them to express themselves, saying, "We don't have the right to vote, and art is a place we can express ourselves."
Community members have been stopping to view the mural, many in support of the message. However, some parents have taken to social media to voice concerns over the proximiy to schools.
The mural site down the street from the Montclair Cooperative School, Renaissance Middle School, and enroute to Montclair High School's Woodman Field. Therefore, parents have raised concerns about the message the images will raise to children.
Communications director for New Jersey Transit, Jim Smith, said that the mural had been pre-approved. He said, "NJ Transit supports anti-violence messages.”