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'Enough is Enough': San Diego students participate in national walkout

17 March, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • ABQ students join national walkout seeking safer schools

The 17-minute walkout - which took place at high schools throughout the USA - was in response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 14 students and three school staff members were shot and killed.

But, in pretty much every case, their efforts were guided or controlled by school officials (although a few students did break ranks, walk out and now face discipline).

People young and old came together, holding hands, and praying for fellow students, teachers and victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting.

"No more thoughts! No more prayers!"

"It's going to take a little bit of me meeting with my administration to look at what's possible and see some next steps", Moccia says.

According to the group of student protesters at North Bend, the protest really resonates with some of them because of a false alarm lockdown that happened past year, when a shooter was thought to be on the North Bend campus. Ronnie Robinson, the father of a recent graduate, was invited to participate in the march.

Tara Moseby, 17, has a personal connection to gun violence.

"The school system can't single out students' political speech for harsher punishment than it would any other student conduct", Sonia Kumar, an ACLU staff attorney, told the Guardian.

Seventh- and eighth-graders at Gateway Middle School had their own walkout Wednesday. Students held signs that said, "Arm..."

"We're sick of it", said Maxwell Nardi, a senior at Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico, Va., just outside Richmond.

"There was a sense that yes it happened at a different school, but it could have just as easily happened at our school, we could have been the school experiencing that tragedy", Deitz-Green told JTA over the phone. Walkouts were held across the country.

ABQ students join national walkout seeking safer schools
'Enough Is Enough': US Students Stage Walkouts Against Guns

Sister Brittany Harrison, of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, is the theology department chair at Mary, Help of Christians Academy in New Jersey.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton praised the students Wednesday evening, calling them an "inspiration to millions of Americans who know commonsense gun reform is long overdue".

The student body president says this activism isn't stopping after today.

Rattigan also said that when students leave the school, as they did Wednesday, safety became a primary concern.

The event took place as part of a national movement in solidarity, with walkouts across the country.

Contacted by school, the school wouldn't comment on the walkout.

But, for 17 minutes, Stephen Decatur High School students sat in silence outside their classrooms, as they remembered the 17 victims.

Sandberg recalled that although she experienced deep pain on losing her husband, but she can not even imagine the trauma that parents go through when their child goes to school in the morning but does not return because of a massacre. Douglas County students organized the walkout, which was not sanctioned or organized by the Douglas County School District, through word of mouth and social media.

For freshman Torrie Schutzman, the situation will be a big deal personally as she continues through high school.

"Thank you to all the people who participated in showing respect to ALL the victims of the shootings and getting our point across", she said.

"He added, "(We're) doing something that as a Catholic school we can and should do, and that is pray and unleash that power of prayer".


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