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Students rally against bullying at P.S. 11


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

The students of P.S. 11 are urging kids across the city to “give peace a chance.”

Parents, faculty and all 1,300 children from the school, located at 54-25 Skillman Avenue

in Woodside, united on November 22 for a peace march and anti-violence rally.

The parade was in protest to the increase in bullying and violence that has become a perpetual problem plaguing schools. Students carried hand-made signs and photos and chanted cheers calling for peace.

During the event, the mothers of two P.S. 11 alumni, both of whom lost their lives to violence, were acknowledged.

“There is a wave of bullying and violence across the city, and two of our alumni were killed due to violence,” said Anna Efkarpides, principal of P.S. 11. “We have been talking about making the future of Sunnyside and Woodside safer for our children. The march was a combination of the students wanting to express themselves and in memory of the two alumni. We wanted to have it around Thanksgiving, a time when everyone is thankful and hopeful for a better and more peaceful tomorrow.”

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, who is an advocate of anti-bullying and anti-violence initiatives, also attended the march.

“It is important to remember and be thankful for the men, women and children who have said no to violence and spoken out in favor of peace,” said Van Bramer. “The students that marched here today are our future. Their message of love and peace takes us toward a better tomorrow. I will continue to do all I can to promote and support anti-violence and anti-bullying initiatives.”

Nations must work together to maintain peace


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The recent story in the news regarding the possibility of Israel taking military action against Iran does not bode well for the international community.

If Israel chooses this course of action, it could have very dire consequences for the entire Middle East, and also the rest of the world.

While no one wants to see Iran become a nuclear armed nation, all non-military efforts need to be exerted to have Iran not build a nuclear arsenal. The United States, Russia, China, Great Britian and France need to work together, along with Israel, to diffuse this potentially dangerous situation. Israel certainly has a right to defend itself against possible attack, as do all nations.

We need to work together along with the United Nations to bring a nonmilitary resolution to this mounting crisis.

 

 John Amato

Fresh Meadows