Teen Panel on Gun Violence


Cambridge Public Library announces panel featuring youth from area high schools, joined by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. 

The Main Library is honored to host a “Youth Panel on Gun Violence” on the evening of Tuesday, May 29. There will be a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A, with local youth leaders. The panel will also feature students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida – the school affected by the February 14th mass shooting. 

“It is our privilege to host these passionate student leaders in the Cambridge Public Library,” said Director of Libraries, Dr. Maria McCauley. “I believe these students will educate and inspire youth and adults in our community. Their voices will be heard on a topic in which discussion is very much needed.” 

Panelists include local teens from the Cambridge Ridge and Latin School, Somerville High School and the Cambridge Community Charter School. In addition to local youth, students from Parkland volunteered their time to take part in this panel while on a school trip to the area with their English teacher. 

Panelists will discuss the gun violence epidemic. It will be moderated by Tony Clark, former Educational Policy Advisor in the Mayor’s Office and current Associate Professor at Bunker Hill Community College. The event is in partnership with the Office of Mayor Marc McGovern and Cambridge Youth Programs. Opening remarks will be given by the Mayor. 

“It is vital that our community comes together to discuss the epidemic spread of gun violence in this nation and in our schools, and as our student activists have so powerfully and effectively reminded us, their voice is critical in that conversation,” said Mayor Marc McGovern. “Our student leaders continue to inspire change and demand accountability from their policymakers, ensuring that we never lose sight of our responsibility to their, and future generations.” 

The “Youth Panel on Gun Violence” will take place on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM in the Main Library Lecture Hall. Seating will be limited, doors will open at 6:00 PM. For more information or updates please visit our website at www.cambridgepubliclibrary.org.