Students all across our country, including in Wisconsin, will observe the one-month anniversary of the senseless and heartbreaking deaths of 17 students and staff at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in various ways. Some students are raising funds to support Stoneman students, others are reading the names of the 17 victims, while others are demonstrating to share their viewpoints on gun violence. I am deeply moved by the bravery and passion of the students organizing these efforts, and by the strength of their voices in advocating for change.
What is best for kids is always at the heart of our decisions at Children’s Wisconsin. The movement we’ve witnessed in the last month marks a new chapter for us as advocates: the kids are leading and we are following. To all the students taking action, know that we stand with you.
As part of a community of caregivers who have pledged to provide the best possible care for kids, I would like to tell kids today the following.
When legislation is proposed on school safety, gun safety or any other legislation of interest, take the time to not only evaluate the proposal, but to share your support or concerns with your elected officials. We will continue to engage at the local, state and federal levels where there are opportunities to make our schools and communities safer.
As always, please continue to support your kids and your communities.