A gathering of more than 60 students, local civic leaders, and lawmakers held a face-to-face discussion Tuesday talking about how to stop the cycle of gun violence in Buffalo.
Students at the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School organized the “Stop the Killing” school gun violence forum.
The students asked questions about preventing mass school shootings, which have been in the news, most recently in Florida and Texas. Katrinna Martin-Bordeaux, a spokeseperson for the Young Black Citizens of Western New York said many of the shooters in those school tragedies have been young people who felt “marginalized”.
“People feel marginalized and they don’t feel like they are part of the group, they don’t feel like they have an outlet. With that being said, never let somebody sit alone at lunch. Know your classmates and your peers.”
Pastor Charles Walker, Senior Pastor for Mt. Hope Community Church encouraged the students to vote, which he said is powerful tool in bringing about change.
“Your decisions are going to be the ones that make or break this whole entire country. Let’s start right here with you guys opening up your mouth and doing things like this–letting the powers that be know, no longer will we stand for this.”
Walker then shared a quote attributed to the late Malcolm X, and Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers, “if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”