Granby private school students take part in national anti-gun rally

Hampshire County

MacDuffie School students staged an anti-gun rally in Granby on Friday, marking the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

More than 200 students walked out of the MacDuffie School in Granby Friday morning.

The rally was coordinated with thousands of other schools across the country protesting gun violence on the 19th anniversary of the school shooting. Protesters also recognized more recent instances of gun violence in Parkland Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut.

MacDuffie School Sophomore Martina Lopez was one of the organizers.

“We just want more controls on guns, there’s no reason we need assault rifles in our community, guns don’t belong in our classrooms, we want people to know about that,” Lopez told 22News.

For the past twenty years, Greg Vennell has taught a Peace Studies class at the school. He felt his place was to be with these students.

“Oh absolutely,” Vennell told 22News. “It is empowering themselves and take a step up.”

With most of the MacDuffie School students attending the 45-minute rally, school head Steve Griffin looked on approvingly.

“Yes we’re very proud of our students, that they chose to put this program together to join with students from across the country,” Griffin told 22News.

Students told 22News that between the words they spoke and the sentiments conveyed on the signs they carried, they felt their message was heard loud and clear.

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