- Posted June 3, 2012 by
High School Rally for Syrian 'Atrocity'
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Two High school students, Basil Chaballout and Kevin Tai, enraged at the current crisis happening in Syria, decided to take the initiative and raise awareness at Glendora High School for what they felt was an unequivocal crime against humanity. And just like the hundreds of thousands of valiant protesters in the streets of Homs, Aleppo, and Hama, it wasn’t in their interest all to be subtle about it.
The awareness project consisted of 4 phases:
Firstly, for two weeks they utilized different social media to their advantage and posted statistics of the Syrian government’s brutality accompanied by graphic and meaningful pictures.
The second thing they did was create trendy bracelets with the words ‘Free Syria’ on them, and then proceeded to distribute them out to whom they felt would wear them daily on campus – indirectly spreading more awareness and getting students more familiar with the conflict.
Thirdly, they designed a poster, one that was aesthetically pleasing, and printed out about a thousand of them to cover the entire school campus. This informed students about the specifics of the rally that was going to take place.
The last of their action items proved to be the most important and fervent. They lead a massive rally on campus during school hours, accumulating a mass of over 100 students who agreed with the cause. The rally was a huge success. It contained signs with backed up statistics such as “14, 755 murdered” and “212,000” protesters imprisoned,” and got a large amount of the students at school staring, thinking, and interested.
To Basil and Kevin, their ultimate goal was accomplished. They wanted to finish the project off knowing every individual on campus left school that day with the word ‘Syria’ on their mind, and emphasized that the project was neither political nor religious, and that regardless of ideological or political affiliation there needs to be a mass attention to what is going on.
“I can now go to sleep knowing we did something good" tweeted Kevin Tai as he sat down finishing the day reminicing of the long process of good work.