GCHS Students Stand in Solidarity Against Gun Violence
The voice of our students is strong. On March 14, 2018, a large crowd of students from Grover Cleveland High School exercised their First Amendment right to walk out of class at 10:00am to peacefully assemble on the tennis courts to demand stricter gun laws in a historic show of political solidarity that was part tribute and part protest. Seventeen members from the Student Council brought large balloons outside with them; attached on each was the name of a victim who lost their life during that tragic event in February. The students chose to have red and gray balloons to represent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s school colors. Aldijana Hot, the Sophomore Vice President who spear-headed the walkout, began by saying a few words about the shootings, as well as the increase of gun violence in America. She then proceeded to name each of the victims, calling for ten seconds of silence in between the release of each balloon. Several students and staff members were crying as the balloons were released. Afterwards, Aldijana asked the crowd to use the remaining three minutes to call for one last moment of silence before the students were ushered back into the building to commence their school day. The event was very peaceful and very well-organized. Principal Vittor, the assistant principals, the teachers, and all support staff could not be more proud of the way the students handled themselves throughout this event. Our school is truly fortunate to have such a mindful student body and to be part of a great community that is Ridgewood.