Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Western NC students walk out to protest mass shootings

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"He thought "this is ridiculous" and "I am so used to it that I don't even have any feeling for it anymore.' He chose to do something and he felt like his peers would feel the same", said Jill Keidel, Douglas" mother. "But definitely this year I have engaged a lot more in political conversations, whether its with teachers or with my mother and other students".

"I've just kind of always been interested in people's views".

A national call for a Wednesday walkout was posted to Twitter by a group called 'Student Walkout Against Gun Violence'.

"We're out here to show support to all the victims of the shooting in Florida, and all the other victims of school shootings and to show people that something needs to change", said Big Sky student Walker Winterburm.

Led by the example of passionate Stoneman Douglas students, gun-control advocates across the US are planning massive demonstrations in the coming weeks and months to shine a spotlight on the issue. But, Jones believes, even those students will benefit from the walkout.

"Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go", they chanted. Parch said the administration at her school vowed to join students in similar demonstrations in the future. The movement is being encouraged by those who organized the Women's March.

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Tweets from the Wakefield walkout, along with emails sent to H-B Woodlawn and Yorktown parents, after the jump. It was a peaceful and safe gathering.

Just this week, teens protested outside the White House on Monday. Instead, news of the protest quickly spread, with over 60 students attending from Bowen and Nuechterlein's school alone. Other students participated in the longer protest. But when it comes to protesting, Zuilkoski said, structure and planning are key. They want to feel safe and secure at school and their safety and security is our number one priority.

From Yorktown Principal Bridget Loft.

Students at Bettendorf and Rock Island high schools joined protests across the nation Wednesday to support change in gun legislation and the victims, friends and families of the February 14 shootings in Parkland, Florida. Around 20 of them were still on the front lawn of the building two hours later. "It's ridiculous", said Rebecca Parch, a sophomore who organized a walkout at Lakewood High School, near Cleveland.

The planned observation was scheduled to fall exactly one week after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead. "And I felt it was important to let our student body know that we're not going to let that happen". Needville Independent School District in Needville, Texas, is telling students they will be suspended for three days if they choose to demonstrate.

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