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Students unite to show support for Parkland

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In the wake of the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, schools all over the country have been creating projects to show their support for both survivors and those who passed away in the shooting.

Throughout the day on March 12, students gathered in the Academic Resource Center to sign a banner in remembrance of the lives lost in the shooting. The banner, which reads “Northwest Suburban Illinois High Schools Stand with Parkland #NeverAgain”, was sent to schools in Districts 214 and 211 for students to offer their support for those affected by the Parkland shooting.

“I felt very inspired by all of the people coming together to offer support,” freshman Evy Cerny said.

The Parkland shooting rekindled the nationwide movement for stricter gun control. Many students have taken a definitive stance on the issue of gun control, especially since it’s now an issue that affects schools.

But regardless of political views, students who signed the banner could at least agree on one thing: the shooting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High definitely shouldn’t have happened.

Although most students simply signed their names, the overall message of support was a lot more powerful. The banner was so packed with signatures that students were having difficulty finding a place on the banner to sign their names and offer their support.

“I felt like I was really a part of something bigger. Seeing all those other names, it felt very uniting,” freshman Logan Johnson said.

Once the banner is sent to Parkland, students here hope that Parkland students will be reassured that other schools are still remembering the lives lost in the shooting, even a month later.

“I hope that this banner shows the Parkland students that we really are listening and that we are going to make a change,” Johnson said.

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