Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School Students March Against Gun Violence
Earlier this month, seventh graders from Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn marched to end gun violence both locally and nationally.
With help from the Save Our Streets (SOS) Crown Heights Organization, the students rallied from Launch to Restoration Plaza amphitheater, where people from the school and community spoke out to the crowd.
The preparation for the march and the march itself had a profound impact on the students.
“In the beginning [the students] thought gun violence was normal. They believed it was normal to hear shootings on a nightly basis. They believed it was normal for people to solve conflicts with a gun. They believed it was normal to walk by candles that were lit for someone killed in that location. This was us saying, this is not normal. This is what a community without gun violence looks like.” said David Gaskin, the Program Manager and Lead Manager of SOS.
Read more about the event here.