Philadelphia city hall hosts pop-up statue addressing gun violence in schools

"They were all sent to cities with high rates of gun violence, so Philadelphia is obviously one of them."

Hadas Kuznits
September 15, 2018 - 7:55 pm

Hadas Kuznits | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Philadelphia's City Hall is the new temporary home to a statue calling for the end of gun violence in schools.

Julia Spore, founder of the Philadelphia Students Demand Action event, was outside City Hall Saturday talking about the statue, "The Last Lockdown."

"The statue depicts an elementary school-aged girl hiding under her desk as though she were in a lockdown," Spore explained.

The idea behind the statue came from the father of Joaquin Oliver.

"Joaquin Oliver was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida who was shot and killed," Spore said. "His father traveled to Texas after the Santa Fe High School shooting and worked with some Texas art students."

Spore says ten of these statues were created.

"They were all sent to cities with high rates of gun violence, so Philadelphia is obviously one of them," she said.

She hopes this art makes people think.

"We are counting on them to vote on November 6 for gun sense candidates and people who will accurately represent this country," she said.

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