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Bronxville Students Walk Out to Honor Slain Students and Support Gun Control: Student Perspective PDF Print Email

By Hannah Weirens, Senior at Bronxville High School

Mar. 21, 2018:  March 14, 2018, is a date that gave students across the country the opportunity not only to memorialize the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but also to demand change regarding gun control.

At Bronxville High School, Kiki Shinsato and I were able to organize a walkout along with two Bronxville mothers, Ellie Rice and Melissa Shinsato. Weeks of anticipation for the day gave us time to arrange for a local a cappella group to perform “Stand by Me” and have 17 Bronxville seniors line up to read a biography of each of the 17 victims.


We wanted to emphasize to our community that behind the number “17” are real people with names, hobbies, interests, skills, and mourning friends and family. We also encouraged our community to get involved if they want to see change.


After 10:17 am on that Wednesday, everyone who attended was able to put into perspective how tragic this event was and also how this can be used to motivate policymakers to push for stricter guns laws. Students who may not have cared about the issue because it did not directly affect them were able to realize that, although this horrific event occurred at a school in Florida, it could have been any school.

On March 16, students were able to participate in a roundtable discussion including County Executive George LatimerU.S. Representative Eliot Engel, and State Assemblywoman Amy PaulinChristina Reidel, one of the history teachers at Bronxville High School, arranged the discussion in order for students to learn about what has and is being done and also express our concerns and feelings. There could not have been a better way to conclude the week that featured the walkout. 


Photos by A. Warner


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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