Student walkouts held to protest gun violence

22 April, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Clint Gray
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The rally followed earlier demonstrations around the country in response to the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

"There was no reason why I should be that scared at my school, where I'm supposed to be able to feel safe", she said.

Friday's gathering was "not encouraged, but not prohibited", as long as students conducted themselves in a respectful manner, Breitung Township Schools Superintendent Craig Allen said.

Shortly before the walkouts, news spread that there had been another shooting at a Florida school.

Students did not come out to meet the group.

Organizers said an estimated 150,000 students protested Friday at more than 2,700 walkouts, including at least one in each state, as they sought to sustain a wave of youth activism that drove a larger round of walkouts on March 14.

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Incidentally, reports pointed out that most of the students participating in Friday's walkouts were not even born when students shot a dozen people to death inside Columbine High School in Colorado, an atrocity that sparked a national debate over guns exactly 19 years ago. Two gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher.

It's time to hold legislators accountable for their inaction and call for them to make changes to stop gun violence, Wiltzius said.

Kaela Peterson, a freshman at Highland High School, said anxiety about their safety can take away from her and her peers' ability to care about success in school.

The 11th-grader at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts carried a sign that said, "We will march until we disarm every American". "The people who can give us that will stay in office, and the people who can't give us that will be out of office".

For the remainder of the afternoon, students had lunch, registered to vote, and had the opportunity to make speeches to their classmates, before being dismissed from school as usual. "We get immune to things like that". Students took the stage to issue an ultimatum to their lawmakers.

Measures the teens ask for include banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; closing a loophole in background checks for those purchasing guns online or at gun shows; and adding mandatory waiting periods between the purchase and delivery of firearms.

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Plans for a 10 a.m. walkout circulated, but the school main entrance was quiet when the hour arrived Friday.

"There's been over 45 school shootings this year alone", Kaihinjik Alexander, Lathrop High School.

"Make a stand for what we believe in, and walking out is a good way to do that because we can quite physically put our bodies in front of the world for them to see and so we protest actively", Kellerher said.

Students were given the chance to voice how they feel about gun violence in schools while parents and community members joined in with signs to show support.

"I think a lot of people here, they just don't want to be in school right now so they are just out here and don't really understand what they are talking about or what they are out here for", Haehl said. "We keep banging on the door".

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