On the one-month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, L.A. Unified students on Wednesday will honor the 17 victims of the tragedy and advocate for strategies to keep their campuses safe.
Across the District, schools will hold assemblies, speaking forums and other activities so students have the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns. In addition to organized events, L.A. Unified leaders are encouraging students to demonstrate 17 acts of kindness during March, augmenting the District’s commitment to a provide a safe environment for teaching and learning.
On the same day, Board of Education President Mónica García, Vice President Nick Melvoin and Member Dr. George J. McKenna III will be in Washington, D.C., advocating for reforms to accelerate achievement, including school and student safety.
The media is invited to cover the following events:
- Carson High School, 22328 S. Main St., Carson 90745
From 10 to 10:40 a.m., students, who will be dressed in orange, will walk from their classrooms to the campus quad. They will hold a 17-minute-long sit-in, and designated students will speak about ways to deter violence.
- Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School, 1750 Yosemite Drive, Los Angeles 90041
From 10 to 10:17 a.m., Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian will join students as they hold a silent remembrance in the campus quad, where 17 chairs bearing the victims’ names will be placed. There will also be tables where students can write cards for Stoneman Douglas High School students.
- Francis Polytechnic High School, 12431 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley 91352
(Media should enter through the Sharp Street gate.)
From 10 to 10:50 a.m., students will link arms on the football field for an assembly titled #NeverAgain. There will be a moment of silence and Board Member Kelly Gonez will join students, who will address the question, “What does a safe school mean to you?”
- Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles 90066
From 10 to 10:30 a.m., students dressed in orange will gather on the front lawn, where 17 chairs will be placed and the names of the Stoneman Douglas High School victims will be read. In view of traffic passing by on Venice Boulevard, students will draft letters to legislators, register to vote and speak in support of gun control and safe schools.
Shannon Haber, 213-393-1289 (cell) or Barbara Jones, 213-219-7982 (cell)