Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Students Show the Power of Peaceful Protest

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Students Show the Power of Peaceful Protest

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The March for Our Lives demonstrations yielded unexpected worldwide response in support of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and any youth affected by the gun violence in this nation.

It went far beyond what the Parkland, Fla., students and the participants had expected. I saw courage, frustration, exasperation, anger, tears and desperate pleas for grown-ups to begrown-ups and get a handle on this problem.

The speeches in Washington, D.C., were exemplary. But I'm telling you what most of you already know.

Here's what I didn't see: fire hoses, tear gas, Tiananmen Square-like tanks, Putin or Erdogan thugs, rubber bullets, Tiki torches,weaponized cars, students jumping on or smashing cars, or turned over and lit-on-fire vehicles.

I heard no chant that included the word pig; saw no billy clubs swung at students; no students spitting expletives (and spit) at officers of the law. …

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