In response to the recent Florida school shooting, State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) on Wednesday attended a student forum at Pomperaug High School to allow students and faculty to express their concerns and discuss school safety in a positive, non-disruptive way.
Students nationwide called upon their friends to join a national school walk out on Wednesday, March 14, to honor the lives lost in Parkland, Florida on the one-month anniversary of the shooting, and to draw attention to school violence. Many districts held programs within their school to facilitate the conversation without upsetting classes or creating potentially dangerous situations with large numbers of students congregating outside or without adequate supervision.
Instead of a walkout, Principal Glenn Lungarini worked with students and faculty to develop a positive, student-led program to discuss their concerns regarding school safety and gun violence while respecting the rights of all students. Part of that program included inviting State Representative O’Neill to answer questions and talk about both current and proposed state law.
“I’m grateful to the Pomperaug students for inviting me to be part of this difficult but necessary conversation,” Rep. O’Neill said. “Gun violence and school safety are incredibly important issues and while Connecticut already has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, we need to make sure people know the laws currently on the books that could prevent such tragedies in the future.”