Here is an excerpt from an article in The Inquirer by Kristen Graham about the rally, held Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at City Hall:
At just one school, Strawberry Mansion High School, 59% of students have seen shootings in their neighborhood and 42% have family members in jail because of gun violence. A staggering 66% have had family members die of gun violence.
Njemele Anderson, an English teacher at Mansion, was caught in the middle of a shootout leaving school this year — her car was trapped between two people shooting at each other. Anderson escaped harm. But the school has been rocked by gun violence, like so many across the city. Mansion student Kanye Davis, 16, was killed this year.
“You can’t even walk on the street,” said Marquis Colon, a Mansion 11th grader. “You can’t go to the store or ride your bike without worrying about getting shot, or having your head on a swivel.”
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