Advocacy at Iona Prep


(Above) Iona Prep Human Rights Club member Ryan Murphy (’18)
poses with the mural he and other club members helped create. (Left)
The mural contains the names and photos of the hundreds of victims of
school shootings that have occured in the United States in recent years.

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(Above) Iona Prep Human Rights Club member Ryan Murphy (’18) poses with the mural he and other club members helped create. (Left) The mural contains the names and photos of the hundreds of victims of school shootings that have occured in the United States in recent years.

Students in the Human Rights Club at Iona Prep are continuing their quest to make the world a better place, most recently through their efforts to continue to raise awareness of the lives lost to gun violence.

After Edmund Rice Christian Brother Schools in the U.S. and Canada participated in the March 14th Day of Action surrounding gun violence, students from Iona Prep’s Human Rights Club wanted to do more to continue the conversation. Greatly affected by the Parkland tragedy and in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, Human Rights Club members wanted to do more to remember the victims of these tragic school shootings and to raise awareness at Iona Prep of just how prevalent these shootings are occuring in the United States.

The students researched recent school shootings in the United States and identified the victims of each shooting. The Human Rights Club members created a timeline of these shootings and wrote the names of the hundreds of victims, while posting dozens of pictures of those who have perished in these events. Additionally, club members researched and posted startling statistics surrounding gun violence in the United States since Columbine in an effort to continue the conversation and to promote leaders to make change.

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