Last night at the regular monthly meeting of the Rochester NH Democratic Committee, two Spaulding High School students spoke about gun violence and the prevention of gun violence in high schools.
High School seniors David Suoth and Anna Carter are advocates for common sense gun control and the prevention of gun violence. They are helping to organize a school walkout on April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. They want to join the nationwide chorus of students demanding that something be done to protect our schools and students from the plague of terrorism by psychos armed with automatic military style assault rifles.
These teenagers are standing up despite the attacks by the NRA and misguided Republicans like Rick Santorum, who have maligned other student leaders from Parkland, Florida and across the country.
“We are doing this because, though there isn’t much gun violence around us, we do not want to put our words into action when it’s too late. If the people that represent the greater New Hampshire, and even the country, won’t take the steps towards the right direction, the youth will: and we are sprinting.” According to David Suoth.
The walkout on April 20th will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The organizers say they need donations for food and drinks because, “they we will be missing lunch and want to provide some relief.” The Rochester Democratic Committee is donating $200.00 to support this effort.
It is great to see this new generation of activists coming to life. Their concerns and fears are real. Their motives are pure. Their courage is impressive.