About 150 people marched through Evanston’s west side and rallied at Evanston Township High School to call for an end to violence that has claimed young lives in the city.

ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon speaking at the rally.

The marchers included many parents, city and school officials as well as high school students and representatives from the local chapter of the NAACP, which helped organize the event.

School Superintendent Eric Witherspoon told the crowd, “As I look down at all the generations represented here today I’m reminded that this is something  that matters to each and everyone of us.”

We marched as a community for the youth of our community and for every teenager who is at risk when there is gun violence anywhere.

Several students recounted their experiences of losing friends and loved ones to violence.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

And Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said, “We can have a better community. We can stop the violence.”

She encouraged students to come up with their own ideas for helping solve the problem — noting that young people had told her many students didn’t know the school’s security hotline number.

“They told me to make pens with the hotline number,” she said as several students waved those pens in the air.

“We’ve got students with a lot more ideas, and I will be back at the school to listen to you and hear them. And when you give me ideas, I’ll act on them. Together we can be very creative,” the mayor added.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Who paid for the pens?

    Who paid for the pens?  Did the City taxpayers or the Mayor? I do not recall this as an approved expense at the council meeting?

    By the way how long do you think a High School Student is going to keep the pen?

    1. Response to Ponzi

      Out of this entire article the only thing you could take away from it was about the pen.  Really?  Why must people be so negative about everything.  Here we have STUDENTS trying to step up and do the right thing in their community and be positive and someone has to be negative.  It's really a shame.  I am sure that the Mayor has enough funds to pay for the pens on her own if she wanted to.  I wish people would stop focusing only on the negative!

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