By Ginni Spencer, Board Member, The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Citizen announced a series of upcoming articles reflecting the perspective of local students on issues about gun regulation and the impact of violent shootings in schools.

The most recent example of school gun violence occurred earlier this spring at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida which resulted in the deaths of 17 people.  In response to that event Parkland students, in particular, have taken the lead nationally to bring questions of gun regulation and school safety to the fore. Many Bedford students have been moved to participate in debating and discussing these important issues.

We asked five students – Caitlin Barr,  Helen Pulizzi, Lily Nemirovsky Hannah O’Connor, and Olivia Evans – if they would write articles for The Citizen describing their concerns and those of students they have spoken with, what actions they have taken to educate themselves on the issue, and what they hope to continue to do going forward.  These articles will appear over the next few weeks.

Please let me introduce these first-time contributors:

Olivia Evans is the youngest member of the group and is now an eighth-grader at John Glenn Middle School.  Olivia came to the United States in 2011 from Britain along with her parents and sister.  She is particularly interested in school safety: “I feel that school safety can be pushed a little more because of everything that’s going on…and it’s not bad to be prepared.”  Olivia is looking forward to starting high school in September at BHS.

Lily Nemirovsky, class of 2020, is also a life-long resident of Bedford.  She developed an interest in civil liberties in eighth grade when she first participated in classes about what it means to be a citizen and what are the associated rights and responsibilities.  These discussions “…helped inspire me to push for a walkout at BHS when I heard about other schools doing them.”

Hannah O’Connor is a member of the class of 2020.  She has attended Bedford schools her whole life and credits the system for teaching her what it means to fulfill one’s civic duty.  She has a passion for writing and is drawn to social activism.  “I want to use the voice I have as a young woman in order to make a positive change not just in our country but across the world.”

Helen Pulizzi is also a senior and will attend Simmons College in September.  The daughter of two public school teachers, it is perhaps not a surprise that she has chosen to be an elementary education major.  She, too, has been a Bedford student since kindergarten.  Other activities include active membership at St. Paul’s Church “where I have found support and inspiration.”

Caitlin Barr is a senior at Bedford High School and has lived here most of her life.  She will continue her education at Middlebury College in the fall, with plans to study history and political science.

Look for their articles in upcoming editions of The Bedford Citizen.

 

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