Lexington Says #Enough is
created by Massachusetts students outraged by the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018.
inspired by the courageous voices of neighboring communities across the Commonwealth and the country who struggle with gun violence disproportionately in their lives.
comprised of student activists, siblings, parents, educational professionals, elected officials, faith and community leaders, and adult allies regardless of political affiliation, gender, age, race, economic status, religious conviction, sexual orientation, or country of origin.
committed to ending the public health crisis of gun violence in homes, streets, and schools in America.
Our gun violence prevention strategy is
to focus media attention on the message of the student-led movement against gun violence and keep gun safety front and center
to engage in civil discussion with gun rights advocates and find common ground for taking action
to advocate for preventative measures such as social-emotional (health) education for children and access to mental health care for all
to research gun laws (past, present, and proposed) in Massachusetts and the United States
to campaign and vote for candidates who reject contributions and endorsements from gun rights or weapons manufacturing groups, and who support sensible gun laws; making gun safety a single-voting-issue
to pressure our local, state, and federal officials to keep guns out of the hands of people who pose a heightened risk to community safety and pass measures that
- Require universal, comprehensive background checks
- Enact Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) “red flag” laws
- Raise the age for weapon ownership/purchase to 21, with exceptions
- Bring the ATF into the 21st century with a digitized, searchable database
- Allocate funds for the Centers for Disease Control to research the gun violence epidemic in America
- Ban civilian sales/ownership of military-grade weapons and accessories such as assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, bump stocks, and silencers
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Our members are a diverse group of members which include:
- Lexington High School students
- Diamond Middle School students
- Clarke Middle School students
- Community leaders, activists, and organizers
We are an inclusive community and looking to grow. Please join us.
Why do you, a group of teenagers think that you can make a difference? You ‘re just teenagers.
We aren’t just teenagers. We are going to be people who are living and working in the United States, and we deserve to have our voices heard. We are already contributing to our communities and we are taking part in our local politics. Through these nationwide protests, we will hold our representatives accountable and ensure that they make their stance on gun control known to the public. We will continue to educate the public about issues involving gun control and school safety. We will also incorporate parents, teachers, and other members of our communities of voting age into our discussions. Following the midterm elections in November, these voters will be able to elect representatives who will prioritize gun control and will pass legislation that will keep students safe in their schools.
Why are you interested in this?
We are invested in bringing attention to gun violence because we believe that every student has the right to be safe at school and that every parent has the right to send their child to school without worrying about whether or not they’ll survive the school day. Also, changing federal gun legislation will have a positive impact beyond our schools. Studies have found that domestic violence and suicide attempts are much more likely to be fatal if there is a gun present in the home. Increased gun control will also help protect community members in other public areas, such as places of worship or shared outdoor spaces.
What impact are you going to have on the elementary school children?
While we recognize that younger children are much more sensitive to topics such as school shootings, they are sadly still at risk until more gun legislation is passed. Therefore, we will be working with the parents of elementary school children to help pass along information and resources in a manner that the parents think is appropriate. We will also be proposing school-wide activities such as a Day of Kindness to help reinforce the importance of community and positive interactions with those who are different than yourself.
But won’t we get in trouble?
As Lexington students, we are incredibly fortunate to have a socially conscious and supportive administration. However, as of today (March 4th), they have not definitively stated their stance on the walkout. So, it is important to know about your rights as a student protestor. Your first amendment rights still apply, meaning that you have the right to speak out, hand out flyers and petitions, and wear expressive clothing in school, as long as you don’t disrupt the functioning of the school. It is important to note that an administrator or teacher disagreeing with your position, or thinking that your speech is controversial, is not enough for your behavior to qualify as disruptive. However, you must continue to follow the dress code that is in place at your school. Your school may punish you for missing class, but they are not allowed to discipline you more harshly because of the political nature or the message behind your actions. You have the same rights to protest and speak out as anyone else. These rights are guaranteed in the freedom of speech and in the freedom to assemble, which protect not only the ability to verbalize protests, but also to arrange peaceful marches and protests on certain public lands. Click here to learn more.
How will my college application be impacted by punishment following the walkout?
We recognize that for high school students, especially seniors, the fear of punishment for taking part in the walkout affecting their college application may prevent participation. However, it is important to note that many colleges and universities have come out in support of these walkouts and have stated that admissions decisions will not be negatively impacted if a student is reprimanded for taking part in the walkout. For an updated list of these colleges, please click on this link.