Central New York

Students Act Out Against Gun Violence

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By Kendra Sheehan, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) —A group of Syracuse high school students found a creative way to express their views and engage the community on gun violence and school shootings. With support from The Media Unit, a local performance and production group, the students wrote and performed a play about the aftermath of a school shooting.

Titled “Enough is Enough,” the play was written in just three days by the ambitious students. The performance focused on the emotions that students feel after experiencing a school shooting including anger, fear, and guilt.

High school sophomore Sky Rolnick felt so passionate about the subject she specifically joined The Media Unit just to be a part of this show.

“We know we’re not going to find a solution right away to all the problems in the world. But if we can start a dialogue and even get one person in the audience to be more aware, more observant, just spreading this issue and starting the dialogue to try to find a solution,” said Rolnick.

Student performer, Shakira Neal, wanted awareness to be brought to her neighbors, family, and friends.

“It’s important to me, being a part of the community, to get this message out because I don’t want it to happen in my school,” Neal said. “People post their thoughts and prayers on Facebook and just don’t say anything about it for like the next year until another school shooting happens. So I just like to keep talking about things that are prevalent and are happening in today’s world because a lot of people don’t like to talk about it.”

The students will give performances all week. All show information can be found on the Media Unit Facebook page.



The audience loved dancing along to some of the song's in the student written performance. (c) 2018 Kendra Sheehan