Gun sales targeted by students in Pasadena
A student club at Pasadena High School has started a petition calling on
school district officials to halt public spending on products from
companies that manufacture or sell guns.
Tenth-graders Roxana Honowitz and Mia Hepner, leaders of the school’s Student Action Project club, said the group was inspired to take a stand after the Dec. 14 shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“We can say we support change and gun control, but it’s hypocritical if we also support places that sell guns by buying supplies from them,” said Roxana, 15.
Roxana is the daughter of Pasadena school board member Ed Honowitz.
Honowitz said that his daughter told him about the campaign, but that club members came up with the idea and drafted the online petition on their own.
The petition at change.org asks the Pasadena Unified School District to “stop purchasing supplies from businesses that manufacture or sell guns.” The document also calls for the district to “boycott industrial superstores that sell these weapons and ammunition (such as Big 5 and Walmart).”
Pasadena Unified spokesman Adam Wolfson said Big 5 Sporting Goods and Walmart are not official vendors for the school district, but school funds may have paid for items from those stores through reimbursements for staff purchases.
“If a coach needed a basketball, the coach could have purchased one from Big 5 and submitted a reimbursement,” Wolfson said.
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