Henderson Elementary in West Englewood has seen more than its fair share of gun violence. Two of the school’s students — an eighth grader and a sixth grader — have been shot and killed over the past three years. On April 20, students from around the country are walking out of class to protest school shootings, street violence and what some say are lax gun laws at the state and federal level, and the kids from Henderson as well and West Englewood community members are joining them. Minutes before the planned rally and walkout at 10 am, we talk with Dion McGill. He’s been working with the kids from Henderson to help them make their voices heard on how guns are affecting their lives, their school and their neighborhood.
Dion McGill, a teacher and coordinator with the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence’s student voices program