California Teens Respond to Newtown Tragedy in New Video

By Jorge Rivas Jan 07, 2013

Inspired by the ["Demand a Plan"]( video that features more than a dozen of Hollywood luminaries, California youth have come together to demand a "real plan" to keep schools and communities safe. In the 60-second video, 33 California young people say more guns are not the answer to keeping schools safe. The teens in the video call for a "real plan" to end violence that goes beyond gun control and does not turn schools into fortresses. "Don’t lock down our schools," says one teenager in the video produced by [The California Endowment.]( The youth who took part in the video are leaders in [The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative](, which focuses on improving neighborhood and school environments.