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O’Dowd Students Respond to Gun Violence

The Quad was enveloped in silence at 10 a.m. on March 14, as many O’Dowd students joined with their peers across the nation in an honoring of the 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida who were killed in a school shooting on February 14.

Instead of immediately going back to class after morning break, the students stood, with linked arms, for 17 minutes before returning to class.

Kameela Hall ’18, one of the student organizers of the observance, told students to never be afraid to take the time to make a difference by speaking out, talking to their representatives and voting. “At the end of the day, by doing those things, you could be saving 17 lives,” she said.

“The fact that we are all here today to stand in total silence to pay respect to these students means a lot,” Hall said. “So take this experience and never forget it because this is going to be what drives you to make a change and to get involved.”

In related events, at lunchtime, students had the opportunity to register to vote, and later in the day, a Dragon Talk (a student-led, faculty and staff supported conversation) was held on the topic of gun violence.

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