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‘Students are petrified’ to go to school amid rising Philly gun violence

By Nora Macaluso, Chalkbeat Philadelphia | April 21, 2022

Stoneleigh Board Member and former Fellow Kevin Bethel spoke to Chalkbeat Philadelphia about the growing impact of gun violence on students, schools, and communities.

Philadelphia schools can’t ignore rising gun violence if they want to reverse the trend, students said during a Wednesday panel discussion sponsored by Chalkbeat Philadelphia. That means creating safe spaces for students to express their fears and acknowledging that gun violence affects everyone.

“Once you experience gun violence in your family, in any group that you’re in, you go back to school, school should be a community,” said Erin Gill-Wilson, a junior at George Washington Carver Engineering and Science High School.

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