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Submitted by Kate Buyuk
We all remember Parkland. We remember the shock. We remember the anguish. We remember the brave Parkland survivors leading the largest student-led protest since Vietnam. We remember our own local students leading walkouts in support of their Parkland peers – marching against violence, for stronger gun control.
And I remember Dean Tran’s response: “Not too long ago when we taught our children the difference between right and wrong, send them to schools to learn academics and hold people accountable for their actions. Shame on the social activists and politicians for interfering with parental rights and using schools as their playgrounds. Not in the interest of the children by any means.” He dismissed the strong, sincerely held views of our children. He mocked their social activism. He minimized their voice.
And I remember when Dean Tran voted against the Red Flag Bill. If he had his way, it would be harder to take guns out of the hands of people who pose an imminent threat to themselves and others.
And I remember when Dean Tran voted against raising the tobacco age to 21, even though e-cigarette usage is at epidemic levels in all of our high schools because 18-year-old seniors could purchase cartridges and resell them to underclassmen.
But I also remember that Sue Chalifoux Zephir has articulately and forcefully come out in support of our children, in support of stricter gun control, and in support of raising the tobacco age.
Please remember to vote for Sue for Senate on Nov. 6.
Bolton Democratic Town Committee