Following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last month, high school students are calling for solutions to stop gun violence in U.S. schools.
The Washington Post is asking students to call and tell the newsroom what would help them feel safer in school — whether it’s heightened security on campus, stronger gun control legislation or allowing school staff and teachers to carry concealed weapons. We want to know what your generation has to say.
We set up a voicemail box for students to tell us what they think needs to change, and the Post plans to publish some responses as part of our coverage. Are you planning on attending the March for Our Lives in Washington later in the month? Are you talking with your friends about ways to change the status quo in your community? What needs to happen for you to feel safe at school?
To leave us a message, call 240-385-9363. Before you call, make sure you talk to your parents first. If you’re under 18 years old, we’ll ask for your parents’ or legal guardians’ contact information to get their permission. We’ve tried to answer some questions you might have below, but if you want to know more about the project, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “School Voicemails.”
What will the Post do with my voicemail?
We’re planning to publish some of the messages at a later date. Before we do, a reporter will contact you. Also — as noted above — if you’re under 18, we’ll need to get permission from a parent or legal guardian before publishing your voicemail.
Who is listening to the voicemails?
Reporters in the newsroom. The phone number and information you provide will be used only for this project.
Are there rules or recommendations for leaving a voicemail?
You have to be a high school student in the United States. We recommend you start with your name, age and where you’re from. After that, share your story, what would make you feel safer in school and how you’ve talked about the topic with friends or family.
If the Post publishes my voicemail, will you include my name?
We won’t publish any responses without first contacting you with follow-up questions but, if we do publish your response, we’ll include your name, age and hometown.
As an alternative to leaving a voicemail, you can record a voice memo on your phone and email it to email@example.com with the subject line “School Voicemails.”
Thanks in advance for leaving a message. We’re listening in.