Dear Parents for Public Schools of Hawaii Members,

In the wake of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students across the nation have launched a movement for school safety.

Local groups are speaking out to control assault/military weapons, raise the age for sale of guns, and other related measures to achieve a safe environment in schools. Students and supporters are wearing orange to signify support.

On March 14th students plan to “WalkOut” of school for 17 minutes to honor the 17 students killed in the attack. The superintendent of schools has written a letter to parents detailing plans to support students that day. The letter is attached in case you did not get it.

On March 24th high school students plan “March for our Lives” gathering in Ala Moana Park. There may be other gatherings as well— please let us know by a response to this email if you know any other gatherings you know of for that day.

Because we exist to support public schools and our keiki, we plan to attend and to support students at the March 24th march.

Would you like to join us in supporting the students’ “March for Our Lives”?
Please email us back to let us know if you would like to attend and we will contact you with location info.

For our schools!
Deborah Bond-Upson
Parents for Public Schools of Hawaii Board Member

Notes from students:
About the March 14 WalkOut: One month since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting killed 17 high school students, we will walk out of our classrooms at 10 a.m. to demand an end to gun violence. Wear orange in solidarity with victims and survivors. Students who are on spring break can come to the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, where a campus-wide walkout is planned for Bachman Lawn (corner of University Avenue and Dole Street) at 10 a.m. as well. There is a planned rally to follow until 1 p.m. with student speakers. Community members are welcome to join.
#NeverAgain #NeverAgainHI #EnoughIsEnough #EnoughIsEnoughHI#MSDstrong #GunControlNow #GunReformNow #EndGunViolence

“March for Our Lives” Planning Meeting:
Students and parents/community members who support them are invited to join a planning meeting Sunday, March 18 at 4:30 pm at JABSOM in Room #304 – Medical Education Building in Kakaako. (Free parking on the street.)

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