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Longmeadow HS girl's tennis team saying 'enough' to gun violence in schools

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The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people happened at the start of this year's spring sports season here in Massachusetts.

Now, one local tennis team is saying enough is enough when it comes to gun violence in schools. 

The Longmeadow High School girls tennis team has their MIAA regulation uniforms, but they also have blue tee shirts that are about more than just something to wear to practice. 

"We decided to get these shirts at the beginning of the season, we talked to our coach. Growing up throughout our lives there have been a lot of school shootings and it's just too many for it to be okay," said senior Captain, Jenny Brayton. 

The shirts read, '#enough, no more thoughts, time for action.' 

"[To] make a statement that there needs to be change, we made these shirts because it was a good way of doing it," said senior Captain Meghan Swanson. 

They decided as a team that it was something they were all passionate about, and they used a method of silent protest to do something about it.

"I think as a team that we are able to make a statement is really unique. I don't think any teams around here have done that," said senior Captain Meg Amato. 

The girls told Western Mass News they are not looking for controversy, they just want to be safe in school.

"Even if there are different political views on what gun laws should be, I think everybody can agree that kids shouldn't be dying in school," said senior Captain Jenny Brayton. 

The team is proud to be speaking up about what they believe in.

"This is our reality. You never know when you walk into school one day what could happen, that's insane to me. A place that should be safe, can't be safe for students," said Swanson.   

As they practice to continue to work towards their goal of the state finals, they will wear those shirts to spread their message. 

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