U.S. Attorney Polite Announces October 19th as the District-Wide Student Pledge Against Gun Violence Day
United States Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, members of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana (the “Office”) and their law enforcement partners will meet with students across Southeast Louisiana as part of his Office’s third district-wide Student Pledge Against Gun Violence (“SPAGV”) 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.
Last year, over 27,000 students at approximately 60 schools participated in the Office’s second SPGV Day. This year’s event already includes schools from 9 of the 13 parishes in the Eastern District of Louisiana, namely Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Terrebonne, and Washington.
In addition to providing the pledges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will coordinate with other state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies to provide speakers at several schools to talk to students about what they can do to reduce gun violence in their communities.