2001-03-24 / Front Page

‘Say No To Violence Week’ In Far Rock

Public Officials To Visit Local Schools

During the week of March 26, 2001 to March 30, 2001, Far Rockaway’s schools will celebrate the sixth annual "Say No To Violence Week," which recognizes the community’s efforts to prevent youth and gun violence.

"The young people of Far Rockaway share with all teenagers the challenge to make peaceful choices when settling their problems," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. "Celebrating ‘Say No To Violence Week’ together, we hope to let them know that their parents, teachers and their public officials support and encourage their efforts."

Throughout the week, the eight participating Far Rockaway schools will be festooned with posters created by the students. The winners of the schools’ poster and essay contests will be announced. A special presentation will be given at participating schools by the Gunrunners, a group of 35 young people who have all sustained permanent spinal cord injuries after being shot. The group is dedicated to raising awareness, especially among teens, of the devastating effects of handgun violence.

The participating schools are: PS 104, PS 43, PS 106, PS 215, PS 197, MS 53, MS 198, and Far Rockaway High School. Featured speakers include District Attorney Brown, Congressman Gregory Meeks, Court TV’s Mike Ayala, Borough President Claire Shulman, Justice Frederick Sampson, Senator Malcolm Smith, Councilwoman Juanita Watkins, Sergeant McIntyre of School Safety, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Gunrunners Group, Assemblywoman Rhodd-Cummings, and Detective Stephen MacDonald (who was paralyzed by gunshot wounds while trying to stop a robbery several years ago).

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