Staples Students Fight Gun Violence

The other day, 2 students were killed — and 18 injured — in a Kentucky school shooting.

It barely registered as news.

We’ve grown so inured to the drumbeat of gun violence — 89 people are shot to death each day in America, including far too many young people — that it’s become almost a non-issue.

But “almost” means there’s still hope.

At Staples High School, students in Cathy Schager’s Contemporary World social studies class have formed a community action group.

It’s called Disarm Gun Violence: Educating the Public About Common Sense Gun Laws.

Ms. Schager’s class created a poster, and hung it near the Staples cafeteria. Each dot represents one child killed by a gun last year. This is a small section of the poster.

This Monday (January 29, 7 p.m., Staples library) they’re hosting an event. There are 2 goals: raising awareness, and encouraging a community conversation.

A short documentary will be followed by a panel. Speakers include Westport police chief Foti Koskinas, and Josh Koskoff, a Westport resident and attorney representing 10 Sandy Hook victims’ families, in a suit against Bushmaster Firearms.

The evening includes a raffle. Proceeds will go to Sandy Hook Promise and CT Against Gun Violence.

Because — far too often — this issue hits very close to home.

7 responses to “Staples Students Fight Gun Violence

  1. Arline Gertzoff

    I applaud all involved.Send a video to our pro guns at schools[IIknow to kill the grissly
    bears )poor excuse for a Sec of Education

  2. Maybe NRA members will attend, to raise awareness and encourage community conversation.

  3. An excellent student effort! Contact the local news outlets and invite them to cover this important event.
    As a parent to two young children, we never had to experience lockdown drills, which are traumatizing to many, even as drills. I am concerned for my own children as well as our communities as a whole. This is no way to live and no way to educate. Our kids need to feel safe in our schools, and honestly, “more guns” is not the answer. Thank you for opening up this vital conversation to your student body and school community.

  4. Mitchell Thompson

    Dan, maybe just re-arrange the sentence—- it mistakenly reads as if the suit is against the Westport Police Chief too.

  5. I’m always so impressed with what Staples’ students are doing. Their commitment to enacting change around many different issues is amazing! Westport has changed dramatically since I grew up there, but the quality of students and educators remains top class. I’m grateful every day for the incredible teachers I had throughout my schooling – they never shied away from addressing “real life” topics. Kudos to the kids!

  6. Don’t be so gullible McFly
    How did anyone come up with 3,960 children murdered by guns in 2017
    The FBI reports that 338 children between the ages of 1 and 5 are killed each year by their
    Parents. 40% of those under the age of 1 are killed by their mothers. Another 563 homicides
    occurred between the ages of 6 to 14. Non justified Homicide can be committed in many ways,
    suffocation, strangulation, blunt force trauma, stabbing, drowning, physical beating, guns, and
    other ways. I applaud any action to keep our children safe but can’t tolerate phony statistics to
    enable elected officials to stay in power by using the death of children to advance their cause.