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Press Release

Over 10,000 Students to Take Pledge Against Gun Violence

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, over 10,000 students in 36 schools across Southeast Louisiana will participate in his Office’s second district-wide Student Pledge Against Gun Violence Day. 

Middle and high school students will sign a voluntary pledge promising that they will never take a gun to school, will never resolve a dispute with a gun, and will use their influence to prevent friends from using guns to resolve disputes.  Elementary school children will make a simpler commitment, pledging that if they see a gun they will not touch it, they will assume that any gun they see might be loaded, and they will tell a teacher or a trusted adult.                  

In coordination with the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program, the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence is a national program that recognizes the role that young people, through their own decisions, can play in reducing gun violence.  This campaign against youth gun violence culminates each October in a Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence. Students from around the country will join together in pledging to do their part to end gun violence.  Over 10 million students nationwide have signed the pledge since its inception in 1996.

U.S. Attorney Polite stated that his Office began using the pledge during the 2013-14 school year.  Because of the outstanding response from school leaders and students, the Office decided to expand the initiative district-wide to include all schools in all 13 parishes, including Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St.

John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Terrebonne.  "Our Office is pleased to take this opportunity to reach out to students, engage in a dialogue about gun violence and the importance of making right choices, and encourage them to become peacemakers of our time," stated U.S. Attorney Polite.

In addition to providing the pledges, members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies will serve as speakers at several schools to talk to students about what they can do to reduce gun violence in their communities.

Participating Schools include:


Assumption High School


Alice Birney Elementary School       

C. T. Janet Elementary School

Fisher Middle-High School

Frederick Douglass Elementary School

Grand Isle School

Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies

Hazel Park Elementary School

McDonogh 26 Elementary School

Shirley Johnson/Gretna Park Elementary

St. Mary Magdalen

T. H. Harris Middle School

Vic A. Pitre Elementary School

William Hart Elementary School


South Thibodaux Elementary School


De La Salle High School

Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy of Global Studies

Gentilly Terrace Charter School

James M. Singleton Charter School/Dryades YMCA

Lafayette Academy Charter School

Lake Forest Charter School

Milestone Academy

Pierre A. Capdau Charter School

Samuel J. Green Charter School

Schaumburg Elementary Charter School

St. Benedict the Moor

The Good Shepherd School

William J. Fischer Accelerated Academy


Our Lady of Perpetual Help School


Lake Pontchartrain Elementary

Ory Magnet Elementary School

West St. John Elementary School

West St. John High School                


Pope John Paul II High School

Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center


School for Exceptional Children

Participating Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies include:

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Drug Enforcement Administration

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office

New Orleans Police Department

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office

St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Marshals Service

Updated October 18, 2016

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