KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools has lost 18 students in the past year to violence, including six at J.C. Harmon High School alone and a total of 11 to gun violence.
In response to the increasing violence in KCK, the district requested that students, district families, educators and the community as a whole sign a pledge, "committing to making a difference, to speaking up, to keeping our streets safer for our students and for the community."
"This is not just a Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools issue," the district said in a statement. "This is a community issue that we know by working together we can change the outcome of."
As part of the anti-violence initiative, which is called "Enough is Enough: Save Our Kids. Save Our Community," blue ribbons will be posted around KCK as a reminder "of the commitment we are entering into," the release said. There's also an online pledge students and families can sign.
KCKPS will announce more projects related to the initiative in the coming days.