Leon County Students Won't Be Penalized For Participating In Nationwide Walkout

Sheri Evans
April 20, 2018

"It will be a really fantastic opportunity to bring our communities together and we're really hoping to bring survivors together and empower them in their healing process", said Emmy Adams, a Golden High School senior who is an organizer of the event.

Now the self-named "mass shooting generation" plans to walk out of school to commemorate that dark day, and to protest about how little has changed. One of the students was sentenced to at least four years in prison on a conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Hill said she doesn't believe Columbine's viewpoint was taken into account as the national walkout was planned.

Former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of taking an assault-style rifle to the school and opening fire on students, teachers and staff on February 14. "We should be horrified, and we're not anymore". "We're going to demand".

Students staged demonstrations in the immediate aftermath of the Parkland massacre, before organizing a nationwide, coordinated walkout one month after the shooting. Hogg tweeted Monday that demonstrators should join the Columbine community in acts of community service after the walkout. And the idea quickly went viral, she said.

The survey also found 86 percent of teens say preventing people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns would be very effective or somewhat effective.

"Our whole lives, we've been told to be quiet and let the adults do what we can't", Perdue said. "But we want to give them their opportunity".

He said he was getting ready to retire when a parent asked him to stay, telling him her child was in preschool at the time of the shooting.

A tightly packed crowd of students and community members extends for several blocks March 24 as marchers head south on Main Street to downtown Downers Grove during the Downers Grove March for Our Lives.

She got some family friends to donate a bus to bring those without a vehicle.

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For DeAngelis, these shootings create an unfortunate bond with school leaders across the country.

"I hope that the other schools try their hardest to work with the administration at their school", Hicks said. "Police were everywhere. We were just hiding in a dark classroom". Walkouts are planned at more than 2,000 schools nationally, Murdock said.

Ho-Shing is part a group of Stoneman Douglas students who feel their voices, at times, have been left out of the debate in the wake of the massacre at their school. The School District of Manatee County will not allow class disruptions.

Students streamed out of high schools in Northeast Ohio, amounting to thousands at some locations. "We've lived this. A lot of the kids who attended Sandy Hook would be in high school now".

"We want to honor the 13 we lost on April 20", he said.

Expectations for behavior and respect will remain consistent with those encouraged during any regular school day and students who do not meet those expectations will be subject to disciplinary action by BMS administrators as well. There have been eight shootings in seven days, three of them involving students.

But those walking out Friday say this is the most visible way to keep pushing for change.

Rather than focus on specific legislation, Blastic said she will focus on herself and how she approaches reform efforts.

DeAngelis said his first reaction was a senior prank; an actual shooting "can't be happening at Columbine".

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