Special programs, events, and assemblies at District high schools this week focused attention on the issue of youth violence and a call for peaceful conflict resolution.
The Jefferson High School Option Program hosted a panel discussion that included Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman, as well as representatives from the other local community support agencies. Some 180 freshman students participated, preparing and delivering the questions.
At Washington High School, the Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence included an all-school broadcast of comments from Denisha Davis, a Washington alumnus who was shot while attending a party. Because of the gunshot injury, she is a paraplegic. Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as Chief Jerman also spoke.
At Kennedy High School, banners were displayed to further highlight a peaceful resolution message.
The District school communities were among several across Eastern Iowa spotlighting the issue this week. At each school, students had an opportunity to sign a personal pledge against gun violence.