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Santa Fe Students Pledge To End Gun Violence

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Wednesday is National Student Pledge Against Violence Day, and school administrators in Santa Fe are encouraging students to sign a pledge promising not to use guns to resolve conflicts.

Both the Santa Fe School Board and City Council signed resolutionsto join in the national observanceof gun violence in schools.

“We feel it’s very important, because way too many children are needlessly killed by handguns and gun violence," said School Board President Steve Carrillo. "We feel that this pledge empowers students to take responsibility for their own lives and their own situations, and to encourage other students."

Carrillo didn’t know how many students had signed the pledge so far. But he said the issue of guns in schools is close to home for many students and educators here—last year a 12-year-old Roswell middle school student shot and seriously injured two of his classmates. Earlier this month a Santa Fe middle school went on lockdown when a student brought a starter pistol to class. No one was hurt in that incident.

Ed Williams came to KUNM in 2014 by way of Carbondale, Colorado, where he worked as a public radio reporter covering environmental issues. Originally from Austin, Texas, Ed has reported on environmental, social justice, immigration and Native American issues in the U.S. and Latin America for the Austin American-Statesman, Z Magazine, NPR’s Latino USA and others. In his spare time, look for Ed riding his mountain bike in the Sandias or sparring on the jiu-jitsu mat.
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