Vanessa Harvey, a Family Focus Dream Team Writer, won the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Student Voices Contest for Poetry in her age group. The awards ceremony was held at Catalyst Ranch in downtown Chicago.
This is her poem:
I think the media plays a big role in gun violence
saying bad things about people
and cyber bullying.
There’s a lot of school shootings
There’s a lot of people going into schools and
shooting people, even the teachers.
When people hear about things that inspires
people to start doing it,
shooting in special places like a school, bank or a mall.
Maybe people think it’s a sport or like it’s fun
But maybe we can help, so try to stop it.
Talk to people about it, because putting them in jail for a while doesn’t help.
To stop it, put the gun down.
Udumbara Board President, Beth Jacobs is the Writing Facilitator
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