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STOMP Out Bullying Supports Young Activists to End School Shootings

STOMP Out Bullying
Posted on: 22 Feb 18
STOMP Out Bullying Supports Young Activists to End School Shootings

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2018

NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- STOMP Out Bullying is profoundly saddened and deeply distraught over the school shooting on February 14th at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed, when a shooter identified as Nikolas Cruz opened fire on his former school. At least 14 others were wounded. Cruz is in custody and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Going to school should be a time for America's youth to learn, grow, make new friends and aspire both in their future careers and personal lives. Educators train to teach and mold the minds of our students.

Since the shooting, students and activists across the country have called on their peers to demand action. To date, this has culminated in two planned events: the National School Walkout on March 14 and the March for Our Lives on March 24. The theme of both events: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ! 

Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying  stated: "She is deeply saddened and distraught over these school shootings. We support our youth who demand safer schools and gun control. I've never seen students come together like this and know that this is the time when student activists will be the ones to make the difference in America."

On February 14th, fourteen of those youths would not have those dreams fulfilled and three educators would not be able to continue to enrich those young minds, as going home that evening never happened. Their families are left devastated and broken-hearted due to another school shooting.

We cannot continue to send our children to school only to practice active shooter drills, with the possibility that they still might not come home and not have gun control.

STOMP Out Bullying sends a message to our elected leaders to end this epidemic of gun violence in America. Students should not live with fear that they will be shot, nor should their educators.

School shootings began with Columbine. This has happened dozens of times over the years. The December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, when a gunman killed 20 children, six adults, and himself, led to calls for action. Since then, there have been  more than 1,600 mass shootings , killing more than 1,800 people and wounding more than 6,400. Many of these events led to speeches and events, but Congress refused to budge every time. 

In the days since the  deadly shooting  at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, police have been busy with a flood of copycat threats. At least five people – many of them teenage students, have been arrested across the country.

STOMP Out Bullying advocates and calls for strong, effective and sensible gun violence prevention measures. Simply because … we owe it to our children! We owe it to their futures!

About STOMP Out Bullying:
STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. Created in 2005, it works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. In this diverse world, STOMP Out Bullying promotes civility, inclusion and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns.

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Last updated on: 22/02/2018

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