How to Respond to Student Activism about Gun Violence
School leaders should listen, help to empower, and affirm students’ rights to express their views.
- Let your students take the lead; allow them to tell you how they would like to join this movement.
- Stand in support of your students’ right to expression, and take their perspectives seriously. It’s not necessary to endorse any particular viewpoint in order to affirm students’ rights to express their views.
- Ask students what they need from adults in order to feel safe and nurtured in school.
- Challenge students to connect their current protests with the history of activism on gun control and with traditions of protest against community violence in urban centers.
To learn more specific ways you can put these approaches into action, see Student Activism and Gun Control