Fayetteville High School Students March as Part of National School Walkout

Fayetteville High School Students March as Part of National School Walkout

Ronald Pratt
April 22, 2018

Students around the country, including one West Lafayette school, left classes Friday to honor those killed in the Columbine shooting in 1999.

This movement had been in the works since the walkout in March that supported the victims in Parkland High School shooting in Florida.

"I feel like I could be a target of this violence", said Ashton Watson, Lathrop High School.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the suspect, who was not identified, was quickly arrested.

Leaders of the Legislature's GOP supermajority talked briefly about the need to address guns and school safety after the Parkland shooting, but the only step they took was forming a committee expected to make recommendations later this year. "Change needs to happen".

High school students from across Fairbanks walked out of class today in support of those who were lost on that day. "But I think instead of bringing a gun, he could have gone to a superior", Lux Lynn said. And we just kind of thought well this is a national walkout and we want to participate.

"I hope it inspires people to make a change", added Hogg's sister, Lauren.

"We want to show that we're not scared".

Havana Chapman-Edwards left attended the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. with her family
Bethany Edwards Havana Chapman-Edwards left attended the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. with her family

Reports noted that while the scale and scope of the protests appeared to be much smaller than a similar student-led national walkout on March 14 and the "March for Our Lives" rallies that took place in cities and towns across the country on March 24 - walkouts were planned and held at over 2,000 schools across the country on Friday. "And it makes them look bad and rather silly, because we're just playing music and having fun and they're here screaming at us that we're sheep".

Several thousand high school students who walked out of schools rallied against guns in Manhattan and said that they felt they lived in a world of near-constant Columbines.

Students protest against gun violence in a rally at Washington Square Park in NY. "That was kind of like 'Oh they care, '" she said.

Student organizer Jordan Harb criticized the armed protesters as students ate pizza on the Senate lawn and prepared for orchestrated "die-ins" at the Capitol.

"After Columbine, America's politicians said, 'never again.' But after almost two decades of inaction, it's clear they've failed in their basic duty to keep our kids safe", Giffords said. In Kansas, about 200 gun-rights supporters held their own demonstration outside the statehouse. Both invited the chanting group of students into their board room.

The "NoRA Initiative" said that it was aimed at "counteracting the influence of NRA money in the American political system". A large group in Washington marched from the White House to the Capitol building to rally for gun control.

Among those who signed the letter were the actors Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Ashley Judd, Alyssa Milano and Julianne Moore and the activist Michael Moore.

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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