Youngsters’ pictures, poems decry city gun violence

Youngsters’ pictures, poems decry city gun violence

*Photo: Gabriela Velaquez of De La Salle Institute winning artwork on gun violence was called No Community has Immunity. The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence hosted the19th Annual “Student Voices” Contest awards ceremony honoring students from first to 12th grade for their winning artwork, essays and poetry on gun violence at Rachel Carson Elementary in Chicago on June 3, 2014. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

“Two paths.

One journey is through high school and college — and puts “the world in your hands,” said Bridgeport Academy North first-grader Mariano Sandoval.

But the second one ends in jail.

Describing a picture he drew, the youngster said the difference is playing around — or killing someone — with a gun.

“You decide your future,” Sandoval said, drawing applause Tuesday morning from the audience at Rachel Carson Elementary School in Gage Park.” ~ BY JON SEIDEL Chicago Suntimes Staff Reporter

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Thoughts? Do you think that there is a large portion of youth trying to make a difference in their communities today? What should the rest of us do? Anything that you’d like to say, please share in the comments section below.

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