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No Thoughts. No Prayers. No More School Shootings!

Posted on March 14, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

NYC Students Join #Enough! National School Walkout

Fed up with yet another senseless school shooting, hundreds of students served by Catholic Charities Alianza Division in Washington Heights joined the nationwide #Enough! National School Walkout this morning to mark the one-month anniversary of the massacre of 17 high school teens by a former classmate in Parkland, Florida.  Meanwhile, a   just-released song about the shootings composed during time off by Catholic Charities staff Donna Dairocas and John Freedberg went viral as fellow staff shared it on elevators and during lunch breaks.

“I’m frustrated and amazed that nothing has changed and wondering what it’s going to take for any kind of action,” says musician-turned-Catholic Charities accountant John Freedberg.

The historical walkout, timed to last one minute for each of the murdered victims, received support from New York City schools and administrators alike. 

“I think it’s amazing for young people to express how they feel regarding shootings in high schools,” says Catholic Charities Alianza Director Eddie Silverio.

The students, led in the on-campus march by Catholic Charities Community Schools directors Peter Tinguely and Juan Rosa, attend George Washington High School for Media and Communications and George Washington High School for Science and Health Careers, two “community” schools held on the same campus in Washington Heights, a largely Dominican-American community in northern Manhattan. 

Catholic Charities Alianza Division’s partnership with these schools marks a key part of the New York City community schools programs for children and families struggling with poverty.  We bring comprehensive year-round services ranging from mental health support to homework help to improve students’ futures along with their families.

 

Catholic Charities staff/musicians Donna and John plan to join the same young people when they, Catholic Charities staff and representatives from affiliated agencies fill two buses for the national "March for Our Lives" protest for stricter gun laws planned for Saturday, March 24. 

“Young people have the right and understanding they need to effect change,” Mr. Silverio said. 


John Freedberg and  Donna Dairocas

 

Performed by Mona and Steve

Written By Donna Dairocas, John Freedberg, Richard Espinal

Produced by Cool Music Productions

 

No thoughts, no prayers could change my mind

So excited, my fear could not be disguised

Wanted so hard to just be one of the guys

Held that steel for the first time, thoughts raced through my mind

Locked on my target and watched it die

 

My first look into the innocent’s eyes

Not knowing that this day would lead to my own demise

 

Yea I was eighteen when I bought my AR-15

Happy birthday

Happy, happy birthday

Yea I was eighteen when I bought my killing machine

Happy birthday

Happy, happy birthday to me

 

Their jokes come at my expense

No shoulder or friend to be my defense

Broken and tortured, no support to find

No thoughts, no prayers can change my mind

 

My parents thought I was perfect, I was loved

Little did they know what I was capable of

 

Yea I was eighteen when I bought my AR-15

Happy birthday

Happy, happy birthday

Yea I was eighteen when I bought my killing machine

Happy birthday

Happy, happy birthday to me

 

I could not comprehend or control how I would act

Pushed too far and I pushed too far back

 

My first look into the innocent’s eyes

Not knowing that this day would lead to my own demise

 

Yea I was eighteen when I bought my AR-15

Happy birthday

Happy, happy birthday

Yea I was eighteen when I bought my killing machine

Happy birthday

Happy, happy birthday to me

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