Kennedy Students Discuss Gun Violence Prevention with Congresswoman Doris Matsui

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Over 200 Kennedy High School students and supporters came out last Friday, March 9, to discuss gun violence prevention with Congresswoman Doris Matsui. The student town hall hosted by the Congresswoman in the Kennedy Auditorium included a livestream conversation with two students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Douglas students shared ideas on how Kennedy students can advocate for better school safety policies at the federal level after the mass shooting on their Florida campus.

Kennedy High School Senior Malissa Bordeaux was a guest speaker at the town hall, joining Congresswoman Matsui on stage, as well as Superintendent Jorge Aguilar and Board Member Darrel Woo. Encouraging her fellow students to get involved in the advocacy efforts at the national level, Bordeaux stressed the importance of getting involved. “You can change the culture of your school,” said Bordeaux, who received applause from her peers.

The student town hall was broadcast live on the Congresswoman’s Facebook page and drew the attention of every major news outlet in Sacramento. The Congresswoman said she plans to continue working with the district and its students to address issues of gun violence prevention.