GENESEO – Geneseo Middle/High School quietly participated in regional memorial activity for the victims of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting.
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Geneseo Middle/High School Principal Mike Salatel said that for most students, Wednesday was a normal day at school, but all had the opportunity to engage in a conversation about safety if they so chose.
“Our school observed a 17-second moment of silence, one second for each victim of the shooting,” said Salatel. “It was a normal day of education for us, but during lunchtime, students had the opportunity to come to the auditorium and discuss school safety and culture.”
Other schools across the region had more activity.
High School students throughout Western New York planned a walkout and voter registration campaign to memorialize the victims of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. On March 14 at 10 a.m., many schools had a protest to last 17 minutes, one minute for each of the people who died a month ago in the mass shooting. The event was organized by Women’s March Youth EMPOWER an affiliate of the Women’s March.
Some schools may set up registration tables and for others, online voter registration will be encouraged. The goal is to register all eligible students who will be 18 years old on election day, Nov. 6, 2018.
“I am very proud of our youth here in WNY and throughout the country who are ready to use their voices to fight for change. They have demonstrated a fierceness we haven’t seen in decades” said YVYV founder, Joan Elizabeth Seamans. “It will be interesting to see how this new and energized voting block uses their passion to influence legislation.”