The V.I. Police Department announced that it would be partnering with the Department of Education and Project Safe Neighborhoods to have students in the territory sign a pledge against gun violence on Oct. 19.
VIPD spokesperson Melody Rames explained at a press conference Tuesday that Oct. 19 is a day of national concern about young people and gun violence, and the VIPD wants to territory to join in for the student pledge.
“It will be observed all over the country, and the pledge encourages young people to take a proactive stance against gun violence,” Rames said.
Rames said she would like all schools—public, private, and parochial—to get involved.
In the pledge, students state that they will “never carry gun to school,” “never resolve a dispute with a gun,” and “always use their influence with friend to keep them from resolving disputes with guns.”
Additionally, St. Croix Police Chief Christopher Howell announced at the press conference that the Eddie Eagle program will continue on St. Croix. The program teaches elementary school students what to do if they ever see a gun and raises youngsters’ awareness about the dangers of gun.
The police department will provide speakers for schools wishing to participate. Call the Public Information Officer at 643-7728 to get involved.