Student Activism Over Gun violence

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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Students who witnessed the deadly school shooting in Florida are channeling their rage and grief into activism for gun reform. The classmates of the 17 people who were killed by a gunman in a Parkland, Florida high school are demanding state lawmakers ban assault rifles. There are protests and school walkouts planned across the country, in an effort to encourage lawmakers to rethink their positions on guns. Listen to one of the the high school students who survived the shooting as she talks about why she has become a gun control activist.


Listening Comprehension Questions:

  • What happened to Christine Yared during the shooting in her high school?
  • What are the goals of the students who are speaking out after this shooting?
  • How could a change in laws prevent an event like this in the future?
  • How did she describe what it’s like to be in Parkland, Florida now?

Discussion Themes:

  • In what ways is the response to this mass shooting different from others that have happened in the United States?
  • Do you think there will be changes to U.S. laws as a result of these students’ actions? Why or why not?

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