“We need to show them that we care:” Lansing community talks anti-violence at Everett High School


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Tonight, the Everett High School cafeteria was filled with parents, teachers, school officials and students. The question of the night was, “What does safety look like and feel like?”

Miriam Castilla was one of the few students at tonight’s Anti-Violence Community Conversation.

She’s a ninth-grader at Eastern High School.

“Safety to me is like knowing that if I got into a conflict that there’s always gonna be somebody who knows and understands my side of the story,” Castilla said.

She came with her mom, Amy Will.

“I feel like I don’t know how to best guide her in if things are going on you know between her and her friends and stuff like that,” Will said.

Some teachers spoke at tonight’s meeting as well. Many said they want to work with parents to figure out how to best support the students.

“Safety to me as a teacher is parent partnership,” one Lansing teacher said.

Tonight’s conversation was the first of more to come. All of them are focused on speaking from the heart and sharing ideas to create a safer community for students.

The next Anti-Violence Community Conversation is at J.W. Sexton High School on November 16th from 6:30-8:00 pm. Eastern High School will have one on December 14th.

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