On June 11, Kareem Nelson, the founder of the organization Wheelchairs Against Guns, along with a member of the organization Nyree Stevens-Credle, spoke to our current 8th graders about gun violence. Wheelchairs Against Guns is an organization of disabled men and women who bring awareness of the consequences of guns and the strong negative presence they have in our communities.
Mr. Nelson and Ms Stevens-Credle spoke about their stories and how they ended up in wheelchairs. Mr. Nelson was shot in 1995 in a street dispute and is paralyzed from the hips down. Ms. Stevens-Credle, only 19 years old, was shot in the neck by a stray bullet at a party and is paralyzed from the shoulders down. They asked questions and posed scenarios to the students to test their critical thinking skills. They urged students to stay in school and make their parents and guardians proud. They asked students to recite a pledge and took pictures with them at the end. It was a great presentation!
To learn how your support can help save a child's life by preventing gun violence, visit the organization's website at http://wheelchairsagainstguns.org/