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Gov. Murphy Honors SOMA Action Students for Gun Control Efforts

From Shannon Cuttle:

The SOMA Action Student Leadership Committee was honored last Thursday in Trenton by the state of NJ for efforts around gun control, student leadership and social justice advocacy.

SOMA Action students honored in Trenton, with Gov. Phil Murphy

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Assemblyman John McKeon on behalf of the state of NJ honored the student leadership committee with a State House resolution in their honor and were given a standing ovation from the floor of the Assembly. Columbia High School, Maplewood Middle School and South Orange Middle School also got a shout out on the assembly floor.

Students also were invited to meet with Gov. Phil Murphy and he commended the students and invited them to continue to work with his administration in the future.

The students had a private tour of the NJ State House and were treated to a special luncheon. It was a great day for the students, SOMSD and our community. We are super proud of our students and all there hard work.

A day later, student activist David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland school shooting, tweeted his support for the students.

“We are appreciative of Assemblyman McKeon and Assemblywoman Jasey for inviting us to Trenton,” said the SOMA Action Student Leadership Committee in a statement. “The support from our local legislators has  been overwhelming. We also met with Governor Murphy who expressed his support of our cause. We are so lucky to have leaders who listen to youth voices and lead this crucial movement.”
SOMA Action students honored in Trenton
The committee also said, “Today we heard of another horrific school shooting. Enough is Enough. We call on all elected officials everywhere to move from moments of silence to action.”

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