On March 14, MC students and staff members displayed their support for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting. The MC Yearbook team assembled a station to write cards to send to the Parkland school, allowing students to share their sympathy for the victims.
“From my perspective what I wanted to get students and staff members to do is just to fill out a card to let Parkland know that we’re there. And I think allowing people to know that we care is a step in the right direction. No matter what our beliefs are, we’re all human,” yearbook adviser Monique Lamphiere-Tamayoshi said.
MC’s No Place for Hate Club also made an appearance for the remembrance. The club displayed a banner for students to sign and pledge to continue MC’s community of kindness and acceptance hate in school.
“With showing pro-tolerance and anti-bullying comes the respect of other people’s lives and safety. The lessons the club tries to promote helps with spreading positivity and campus safety regarding the recent events” club President and senior Phoenix Silva said.
The No Place for Hate Club is a fairly new club at MC, allowing students to come together and be resilient against the tragic events endured at other high schools in past years.
“We work to make Mt. Carmel an even more inviting and accepting place than we already are. It’s a lot of self fulfilling work, and it feels good to make a difference” Silva said.
This event allowed students to be more informed on the political aspects of the events impacting many schools nationwide. Silva handed out flyers that showed a “Resolution of Respect” promoting actions of the Sundevil way. Another flyer given out was about ‘the Stop School Violence Act’, providing information on how students can make a change with ending school violence.
“I learned how I can call my representatives and senators, to pass a bill that will prevent school violence, I think that is a pretty good change, and I didn’t know this before so it [the gym gathering] really helped me” attendee junior Marvin Fajotina said.
Not only did this event provide students with ways to show condolences to the Parkland victims, and address ways to stop school violence, it was a school-provided option for students and staff to show their solidarity.