*** Note: Student voices also available today to comment on 6-month anniversary of Parkland shooting. ***


MEDIA ADVISORY for Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Media Contacts

Jennifer White, Hopkinton High ‘19, Fellow, Granite State Progress (603) 513-3782

Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director, Granite State Progress (603) 892-2150

*** Media Advisory for Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00 AM ***

Student Leaders to Host Back to School, Back to Action Press Conference on Gun Violence Prevention

Youth leaders from around the state will report back on student-led gun violence prevention efforts over the summer and for the coming school year; call out Governor Sununu’s decision to allow guns in elementary, middle and high schools

Concord, NH – One day after the six-month anniversary of the Parkland school shooting, New Hampshire youth gun violence prevention leaders will host a Back to School, Back to Action press conference at the State House on Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00 am.

Youth leaders from around the state will report back on student-led gun violence prevention efforts over the summer and for the coming school year, and voice concerns over returning to elementary and high schools where potentially dangerous people can bring guns into school buildings and grounds.

“We are excited for the start of the school year, but we all know that we are in danger when we leave for the first day of school,” said Mattison Howard , a sophomore at Concord High School and member of the NH Student Social Justice League. “Back to school for us means back to headlines of school shootings every few weeks, and worrying we might be next.”

“Students return to school with the same fears of gun violence we had last year because politicians have ignored our pleas to provide a safer learning environment,” said Jennifer White, a Senior at Hopkinton High School and Granite State Progress intern. “Governor Sununu and Senate Republicans rejected a bill that would have clarified that local school districts can enforce gun free school zones, and they repealed the concealed carry licensing requirement that provided checks and balances on who can carry firearms into schools.”

Under a memo from the NH Attorney General and supported by Governor Sununu, community members can carry firearms into elementary and high schools. According to the memo, a school official or police officer can only take action once an individual makes a threat