DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – 120 Davenport Central high school students signed the pledge against gun violence.
Camp Excel Leadership Academy, 100 Black Men Quad Cities, and Boys to Men all took part as sponsors.
The pledge states the following:
- I will never bring a gun to school
- I will never use a gun to settle a personal problem or 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
Matt McDowell of Camp Excel says he hopes this starts the conversation.
“Communication’s a big part,” McDowell says. “What’s happening is we’ve got this big generation gap and no one’s talking to one another.”
Ed Veasey, Davenport Central’s Associate Principal, agrees and believes it starts with the adults first.
“It’s imperative that they know and understand that we, the adults in this community, are behind them one hundred percent,” Veasey says. “We have to get the message out to them regarding gun violence.”
Many students were eager to sign the pledge, expressing their concerns about community and school safety.
“I feel like it’s important that people my age and young people understand that guns aren’t the only way to solve problems,” says Deajon Thorpe, a Central HS senior.
Christina Dixon knows first hand what gun violence can do.
“I lost a close friend, Ayana the 15 year old that got shot,” says Dixon. “It really just broke my heart and I really don’t think a fifteen year old deserved that.”
She hopes things like this will help bring an end to gun violence.
“I really hope this just stops all the shootings,” Dixon says. “I’m getting tired of losing all the people I love.”