Empathy, Engagement & Solidarity

GDS marks the one-month anniversary of Parkland.
GDS’s first families believed strongly that at its heart, learning is a moral enterprise, one which provides students with an understanding of and a keen interest in the world around them and a recognition that their education is a tool to be used, not an artifact to be admired. To that end, the School has always provided space and encouragement for its students to grapple directly with situations and moments that ring with historical and social import. Right now, the country and our students are experiencing one of those moments.

On Wednesday, March 14, MS and HS students showed their solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The LMS campus observed a moment of silence at 10:00 a.m. Middle School students were invited to have a candlelight ceremony and moment of reflection following the moment of silence. Several MS and HS students opted to participate in the nationwide walkout event. On campus, on the soccer field at the HS and at the front gazebo area at the LMS, students listened as the names of the students who had died in Parkland were called out over 17 minutes. More than 100 HS students joined with dozens of local High Schools to march downtown and protest on the steps of the Capitol Building.

On behalf of GDS, Head of School Russell Shaw has signed this joint statement of local school heads, calling for sensible gun control.

Russell recently shared an email with the GDS community on this topic.


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