Teen Vies For Seat On Lindenhurst School Board

May 15, 2018 - 7:38 pm

LINDENHURST, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Voters on Long Island were deciding on school budgets and school board members Tuesday.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, one teenager was vying for a seat in Lindenhurst.

Gabrielle Anzalone said she can relate to students fight for what they need in the district, and help bring a different perspective. The 18-year-old is running for a seat on the school board in Lindenhurst.

She said her decision to run came after she was disciplined for walking out of school in March against gun violence.

“My message is that young people’s voices should be listened to, they should be valued, and we are here to make a difference,” she said.

One idea is that if elected, a member of the student council will report to the school board once a month.

“I can definitely understand, one, the concern for your safety, the pressures of academics and balancing home, job, school life, extracurriculars; how the landscape of education has evolved with the implementation of technology – it’s really just a whole different world than it was 20 years ago when the rest of the board members were at school,” Anzalone said.