New England Prep Schools Call for 'Meaningful Action' After School Shooting in Florida

Feb 26, 2018

The leaders of eight elite prep schools across New England are calling on lawmakers to take meaningful action to make schools safer.

In a joint statement, the schools, which include St. Paul’s and Phillips Exeter, say they stand in solidarity with the families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, in calling for legislative and regulatory actions to protect students.

St. Paul’s Rector Michael Hirschfeld says the schools were moved to speak out because of the activism of their students.

“And as an educator, I have to tell you, it’s just really exciting when your students are owning an issue like this and really digging into it. It’s inspiring and affirming.”

Hirschfeld says students at St. Paul’s are planning to participate in a nationwide walkout on April 20 to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.