Fred Guttenberg, the father of Parkland shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg, gave an emotional address to the Upper School student body on March 7, sharing his painful journey from bereaved father to gun violence activist. Guttenberg, invited to RE by the Students Against Gun Violence club, told students they had the power to make a difference and urged them to fight for change.
Guttenberg reflected on Feb. 14, 2018, the day 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., were killed in a shooting rampage, and shared details of the painful aftermath for his family. He also took questions from students, who sought his advice on how to make their voices heard, how to push for legislative change and how to deal with opposition.
His visit was arranged by members of SAGV, which is led by president Abby Aldrich '20, vice president Maya Rosen '21, secretary Emma Rosenthal '21 and chair of events Zara Shapiro '21.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.