Dear Mayor Schaaf:
Hello, our names are Xin and Nakiah. We are 9th graders at Life Academy High School in Oakland. As Oakland citizens and students we care about our health and safety. We are writing to you, Mayor Schaaf, because we want you to be our ally and we want you to help us make a change in Oakland schools. We were wondering about your opinion on gun violence in schools and what we can do together to help it? We don’t want what happened in Florida to happen here in Oakland.
We feel very strongly that gun violence is caused by mental health issues from a person with built up anger. One reason we feel like this because shooting in schools have happened all around the world and more than 210,000 student shave experienced this issue (Analysis | More than 200,000 Students Have Experienced Gun Violence at School since Columbine). This issue has been tremendous in Oakland and it has affected the community because people start to feel unsafe in school. An article called “What Mental Health Experts say to their Kids about Shooting“ shows that “These shootings and their aftermath leave many parents scrambling for words: How can you possibly explain gun violence to your kids and how to do you talk about it?”(Spector). Families don’t feel safe in school anymore because of all the shooting that happened in school. We believe no one benefits from shootings, so we need to stop them. This issue has been affecting the safety of students and family also the teachers.
We know that we are not alone in this fight for safety and changes for less gun violence in schools. For example, after Parkland’s shooting a walkout was planned by students in respect and honor of those kids that were killed. People from the school and around the school and even community members stood outside for 17 minutes for the 17 students that were killed (Schallhorn). In addition, there was a march for stricter laws for gun violence because people feel like as a law enforcement crew they should enforce the law harder. Kids are traumatized by this and they feel like they don’t need to go to school because it might happen again (Krieg). Both a walk out and a march has been used already, but they have not created change yet. We feel something more can still happen.
Our plan for Oakland and our movement against gun violence in schools are to help our school be aware at all times. At Life Academy, we do Monday announcements and in those announcements, we are going to walk around the school on Thursday ( May 10, 2018) during afternoon advisory and we will explain to the students about gun violence in school. As we inform them about the gun violence we will then ask them if they would like to help bring awareness and they can write letters to you, Mayor Schaaf because you are empowered in our community. Also, on Friday ( May 11, 2018) we will be wearing orange and white because orange is the color that supports gun violence.
In conclusion, we hope that you would consider being an ally of ours in bringing awareness because we feel like as the Mayor you would be a great person that we can turn to and make a change. Gun violence is never expected and no one will ever be able to handle this. So, to prevent this, please help us raise the awareness for the specific problem.
Follow us at #Violenceschool
Nakiah and Xin
“Analysis | More than 200,000 Students Have Experienced Gun Violence at School since Columbine.” The Washington Post, WP Company, www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/local/school-shootings-database/?utm_term=.467e44c055d8.
The article is about all the shooting all over the world and how many shooting was there. This source is credible because Washington It is the largest newspaper published in Washington, D.C., the capital city of the United States, and has a particular emphasis on national politics.
Krieg, Gregory. “You’ll Know the Gun Control Movement Is Winning When…” CNN, Cable News Network, 26 Mar. 2018, www.cnn.com/2018/03/26/politics/how-to-know-parkland-gun-control-movement-is-winning/index.html.
This article shows that people not just want to take away gun people want to regulate them. This source is credible because Krieg Gregory is a New York-based reporter at CNN Politics.
Schallhorn, Kaitlyn. “National School Walkout Planned by Students Worldwide after Parkland Shooting.” Fox News, FOX News Network, 14 Mar. 2018, www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/14/national-school-walkout-planned-by-students-worldwide-after-parkland-shooting.html.
This video is showing that National school is planned for a walkout they want to make a change on gun violence. This is a credible source because kaitlyn schallhorn was graduation in Worcester College and it was one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England.
“What Mental Health Experts Say to Their Kids about School Shootings.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, www.nbcnews.com/better/health/how-mental-health-experts-talk-their-kids-about-school-shootings-ncna845586.
This article shows that because of the shooting many parents scrambling for words: How can you possibly explain gun violence to your kids and how to do you talk about it? This source is credible because it is from NBC News, a national news station that provides information to all of the people that watch it.