St. Aug Students Take a Stand Against Gun Violence
St. Augustine High School students on Wednesday, November 4, joined representatives from the Department of Justice and the New Orleans Police Department to sign a pledge against gun violence and honor fallen Purple Knight Jawara Givins who was murdered as he tried to aid a friend in need. The event was part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the devastating effects gun violence has on families, youth and communities.
“Affected by gun violence in all its forms (community violence, accidental shooting and suicides), our students have much to say on this issue,” said Principal Sean J. Goodwin. “St. Augustine students are attempting to change that narrative and help to dismantle the amount of violence in our city.”
Guest speakers included:
- Commander Christopher Goodly, New Orleans Police Department
- Sharon Smith, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana
- Sergeant David Duplantier ’84, Recruit Commander New Orleans Police Department
- Tracey McKnight, Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana
- Malik Gibson and Jerald James, St. Augustine High School Seniors
The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence is a national initiative that honors the role that young people, through their own decisions, can play in reducing gun violence. Held in conjunction with the Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence, the initiative provides a means for teachers and community leaders to speak to young people about gun violence. Over 10 million students nationwide have taken the pledge since its inception in 1996.
The high school pledge reads:
- I will never bring a gun to school.
- I will never use a gun to settle a dispute.
- I will use my influence with my friends to keep them from using guns to settle disputes.
- My individual choices and actions, when multiplied by those of young people throughout the country, will make a difference.
- Together, by honoring this pledge, we can reverse the violence and grow up in safety.
About St. Augustine High School: Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, St. Augustine High School is the training ground for leadership through academic excellence, moral values, Christian responsibility and reasonable, consistent discipline.