It’s vital for high school students to feel safe while they are attending classes on campus, not as if they are entering a warzone when police officers are armed on school grounds.
A group of students from various Los Angeles public schools protested and rallied continuously for 18 months for police officers in LA to get rid of all of their military-grade weapons, according to Fusion.
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Recently, the students’ long battle came to an end when they obtained victory after they received a list from the Los Angeles Unified School District of the weapons the police officers relinquished.
At a school board meeting last year, students crashed the meeting and wore bulletproof vests chanting “students ain’t bulletproof.”
In recent years, millennials have turned to social media as their platform to reach youth and wider audiences in local and national areas around the world.
Following their protest at the school board meeting, various students created a movement on social media by sharing their concerns of police weapons, ending their worries with the hashtag #EndWarOnYouth.
Bryan Cantero, a student at Augustus F. High School, was one of the students who protested the use of military police weapons on school campuses.
“I feel like I was part of something that is bigger than me. I prevented something terrible from happening to someone’s brother, sister, friend or daughter. We prevented a tragedy,” Cantero told Alternet.
It’s a tragedy that students have to go to the extent of protesting for over a year to persuade the Los Angeles School District to have the police officers get rid of their military grade weapons.
Police officers in Los Angeles and all over the world should know that carrying military weapons on school campuses is unnecessary and more dangerous.
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