Rockford students came together on Thursday to discuss violence in their schools.
The group Rockford Indivisible hosted a forum at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, with the goal to get teens talking about how to reduce violence not only in schools, but in communities as well.
One student speaker said that, while Rockford hasn’t had to deal with any mass shootings, plenty of students have lost friends to violence.
She also said Rockford isn’t immune to school shootings. “People think of it and say, oh, well, nothing’s ever gonna happen at these [Rockford Public Schools], nothing’s ever gonna happen in Rockford. And, I feel like, I don’t know that. Because the kids at Sandy Hook and the kids in Parkland, they said, ‘it’s never gonna happen here.’ And you know what? It happened.”
Event organizers said tonight’s event was a good opportunity to discuss solutions to violence.
Rockford Indivisible is a group associated with Rise Up Rockford, which says it is for community building and activism.