Just last week, I spoke about how critical it is for us as a community to protect our children. I talked about the costs of a culture of violence, and about two recent violent incidents in our Prince George's County high schools. I am saddened that I have to address this issue again so soon.
Last week in Parkland, Florida, 17 teenagers were killed and 15 more were injured while attending school. We have just started the year, but there have been seven reported incidents around the country involving firearms at school that resulted in injury or death.
Students have gathered in Washington in protest, but we cannot leave this action to our young people. We are all responsible for doing our part to create an environment and community where we look out for each other, recognize signals, and ask for help when needed. We also need to advocate for ourselves and our communities with those who have been elected to represent us.
If I have the honor of holding the office of Prince George's County Executive, please know that the voices of our children -- those who are speaking out now, and those who have been silenced -- will always be heard.
Please take time to reflect on the community of Parkland, Florida during this difficult time for them, and our country.
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