I applaud student activists


From: Kathy Redig
Pastor of All Are One Catholic Church

A shout-out to the students of Winona Senior High School for their leadership on Wednesday, marking one month since the tragedy at Margery Stoneman High School in Parkland, Fla. In a very moving 17-minute ceremony, the students remembered each of the students and teachers who were killed needlessly at this yet, another school shooting — 17 people whose lives were cut short.

The students remembered them powerfully by symbolically showing us them “in death” as 17 bodies were traced, one by one onto the pavement in front of the high school as bios were read for each one. One could not watch this display and not be moved to tears.

At the conclusion, this student-led demonstration challenged all of us present, reminding us that Margery Stoneman High could just as easily have been Winona Senior High and that things will only get better if we each do our parts by speaking up, voting and demanding that our country’s leaders make the changes to keep us safe. We were reminded that even though we may disagree on how to curb gun violence in our country, there is much that we can agree on, and that much, should be done! These students are to be commended along with students around the country who demonstrated on Wednesday for change. They are true leaders and we should follow them to finally make sure, this time that such tragedies never happen again!

If you were unable to attend yesterday’s event, there will be other such times to stand with the students making your voice heard by your presence:

• On March 19, 2018, a service of remembrance will be held at 7 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist church.

• On March 24, 2018, Winona students will stand in solidarity with the March on Washington started by the survivors of Margery Stoneman at the band shell at Lake Winona Park.


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