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Student activism continues breaking new grounds

Phil Roeder

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Sarah Gordon, Opinion Section Editor

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Student activism is becoming more prominent in the current era and for good reason as well.

The dominant example would be that of gun violence. It is an issue that hits close to home for a majority of students. Right here in Bergen County, New Jersey students from across the county gather together for meetings as a part of Students Demand Action Bergen County (SDABC). This group works to ensure that tragedies such as Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland, and Santa Fe will never occur again. Ridgewood High School Freshman and member of SDABC  Laurence Fine cites “Students Demand Action Bergen County covers 24 high schools encompassing 38 municipalities in Bergen County.” This group works tirelessly to ensure they make their voices heard and work to change the future for the better.

Ridgewood High School Freshman Alana Benson, also a member of SDABC, acknowledges the need for change, stating that “it is time to create better school safety in our American school system” and how “we need action to be taken before more lives are cut short by a bullet.” She has helped to plan various events hosted by this organization. SDABC is a prime example of students at the forefront of the action. They organized the Bergen County March for Our Lives, and continue working on future events. The entire group is passionate to make changes in Bergen County, and New Jersey, making sure that this place is safer for students and the community.

The passion students have is not only established but put into action. Across the nation, students are feeling the need to speak out about everything, as change will only come if something is done. Sydney Peltz, a student from California attending American University in the fall, finds that “student activism is necessary because not only does it get the future generation involved in government later on, but it shows current government officials that there are citizens who are unhappy with the way they are running the government and that change needs to be made.” This future generation is showing how at this point in time they are a force to be reckoned with.

In an interview with NPR, Nancy Thomas, director of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University, stated how student activism is “involving more students at the K-12 level. Most of the activism that we read about and we hear about is among college students. That doesn’t mean K-12 hasn’t been active. It’s just that it’s very visible right now.” She notes how this is what is so unique about the current status quo. The younger students are ready to join in the fight, as they are seeing these issues first hand and realize they cannot just sit back.

Students have grown tired of relying on the adults and they have become vocal about it. The impact of student activism is continuing to grow, as many student activists work tirelessly to ensure they can see the changes they want to be made in this country.

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