Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

U.S. students stage walkout against gun violence

U.S. students stage walkout against gun violence

Authorities released a 27-minute surveillance video depicting the actions during the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson.

"This is our first step in trying to make a change and keep showing initiative and keep doing things", said Kahlil Darden, president of the Black Student Union at the high school. "We can't keep having this repetitive cycle of death with nothing being done". Was National Walkout Day pointed criticism of the status quo on school safety and gun access, or was it a pointless gesture that won't affect the overall debate?

In all, around 85 Cody High School students participated in a nationwide 17-minute school walkout to remember the 17 students and staff who died one month ago in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Douglas County sheriff's deputies and Douglasville police were present at numerous schools, but their intervention was not necessary, said spokesperson Portia Lake.

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Todd says for obvious reasons, some community members were not supportive of schools allowing students to participate in the walk-out. The students there simply memorialized the victims by tying 17 balloons to a flag pole and giving speeches during the 17-minute span.

Even from a few hundred feet away, sound bites of their impassioned speeches rang out. School administrators shut down the street in front of the school, and brought in extra security and police personnel to ensure a safe, peaceful protest.

"We are the generation of tomorrow", a girl later added.

"This is not an anti-gun rally, but rather an act of remembrance", she wrote. She said, "I came out today because my daughter needed me to chaperone her for the walk-out". "It happens in the places you think it won't".

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Edkins said the walkout was "respectful and organized" and after the 17 minutes students went right back to class and got to work.

Not all students were protesting for the same cause.

While the common goal shared by most of Wednesday's protesters was to pressure federal and state lawmakers to tighten laws on gun ownership, Reuters also sought alternative opinions on gun control. "We don't want guns in our schools, full stop, regardless of who's holding them". "To be completely honest, I'm not expecting anything immediately".

In talking and working with these students every day, Todd felt it was clear they have concerns regarding school safety and simply wanted to express how they were feeling. They also pushed for state leaders to boost education spending for mental health programs. "Parkland is going to be the last school shooting".

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"A bunch of people lost their lives and some people in elected offices don't seem like they want to do anything about it, and the people who do want to do something about it aren't being listened to", he said.

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