Students Honored After Florida Shootings

July 16, 2018

Alex Semenza, Nick Lanza, Emma Baldridge and Sam Marcus with Rep. Haddad

Recognizing students at Mansfield Middle School, Rep. Gregg Haddad presented an official General Assembly Citation recently to them for organizing a “walk-in” demonstration to call attention to the need for more school safety after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in February.

Students in Connecticut and across the country held demonstrations after the shootings, demanding stricter gun control measures by the federal and state governments. Some students walked out of schools and others held “walk-in” demonstrations and forums on the need for more school safety and gun-control legislation.

“I’m really proud of the Mansfield students’ thoughtful response to the tragic, mass shooting in Parkland, Florida,” Haddad said. “They deserve special recognition for organizing and conducting a student ‘march-in’ where student voices were heard, student action was taken and MMS students provided hope.”