Lecturers, faculty social employees and activists rallied in opposition to gun violence Wednesday in Milwaukee. U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore joined them within the pouring rain, which she known as tears.
“Y’all, these are tears,” Moore mentioned. “These are the tears of all these mother and father previously, and the tears of future mother and father — possibly even us — if we don’t do one thing, y’all.”
The Milwaukee rally came about someday after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 college students and two academics.
However the rally was really deliberate a month in the past by MPS faculty social employees who’re fed up with their college students changing into victims of gun violence.
Katie Kuick works at Bay View Excessive College, which misplaced Teonna Covington, a 17-year-old pupil and new mom in a highway rage taking pictures a few month in the past.
“This one was an particularly laborious one simply because she was a brand new mother and he or she was in a automobile,” Kuick mentioned. “We’re all in automobiles on a regular basis. However fortunately, I contemplate myself good at compartmentalizing and attempting to depart work at work, however I even have three babies myself. So it was laborious.”
The social employees says 15 MPS college students have been killed by folks with weapons this faculty yr.
The group additionally mourned for the scholars and academics killed in Texas. Jennifer Erickson is a social employee on the Academy of Accelerated Studying, an MPS elementary faculty.
“It’s terrifying,” she mentioned. “We’ve got security drills on a regular basis and no youngster ought to must undergo that.”
Erickson mentioned her faculty routinely runs code crimson drills to arrange for the worst case situation.
“Sadly you’ll be able to’t even inform the children it’s a drill as a result of they wish to make it as actual to actual life as potential,” Erickson mentioned. “So the children have to collect — lock the doorways, flip off the lights and collect in a protected place within the classroom, the least doubtless place they might get shot or if there was an intruder that they could possibly be discovered. And so they have to stay silent. And it’s inevitable that youngsters are crying as a result of they assume it’s actual.”
One other social employee, Courtney Chavez, has a daughter in fourth grade — the identical grade as the scholars killed in Texas.
“You simply give them a hug and kiss, inform them you’re keen on them, and simply pray to God that their faculty might be protected and that nothing will occur,” Chavez mentioned.
The social employees and activists at Wednesday’s rally mentioned extra must be accomplished past praying. They urged folks to name their representatives and vote for politicians who will limit entry to weapons.
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