Education, Government, Politics

High School Juniors Protest Gun Violence

Nottingham students Saorise (left) and Ana (right) are working together to change current gun control laws. (c) 2018 Justin Paura

Click play to hear about how two Nottingham students are getting the Syracuse community to unite in the battle against gun violence.

Audio Transcript: High School Juniors Protest Gun Violence.

By Justin Paura ¬†SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) —¬†Ana Kreidler-Siwinski and Saoirse Murphy-Collins are not your typical high school best friends. The two don’t spend their time braiding each other’s hair or gossiping about boys. They spend their time protesting current laws on gun control.

Ana and Saoirse are juniors at William Nottingham High School. They both are on the school swimming team and a part of the National Honor Society. They also both feel very strongly about gun violence and the impact it has on people across this country.

“I believe people dying is an important issue,” Ana said. “A lot of the time, people turn their faces away from [shootings] because it is not in their particular families.”

The girls are working with a 59-person team within the Syracuse City School District to get U.S. Representative John Katko to speak at a town hall meeting. Saoirse said the meeting is scheduled for April 7 and will be at Nottingham High School.

These two young activists have done much more than just plan this meeting. They went to the Nottingham public relations director and coordinated a walkout into the gymnasium during National School Walkout on March 14. They also pleaded with Nottingham teachers and students via emails and posters to march with them on March 24 during Syracuse’s March for Our Lives.

Ana and Saoirse are juniors at William Nottingham High School where they have campaigned for gun control over the past several weeks. (c) 2018 Justin Paura

“It’s an important topic and so many people in Nottingham and across the country are affected by gun violence,” Saoirse said. “Anything that we can do to reduce that number will help out.”

Since the beginning of 2018, 17 school shootings have been reported in the U.S. where people have been either killed or injured, according to CNN. In total, there have been over 50 shooting incidents where someone was harmed across the country this year.

“There have been so many shootings and issues,” Ana said. “I think a big reason nobody has done anything is because we have just been so relaxed and passive that it has just become the status quo.”