Texoma students walkout on gun violence


The National School Walkout was a brainchild of a Parkland student. Even though their main focus has been on school shootings, they hope any changes they influence will affect more than just schools.

"He was kidnapped and mugged in Detroit at gun point by convicted felons", Farah said, "and they never would have gotten that handgun if we would have universal back ground checks in MI".

"There's been over 45 school shootings this year alone", Kaihinjik Alexander, Lathrop High School. However, she said the turnout Friday shows a strong group of students are dedicated to advocating for stronger gun laws.

Liberty and Freedom High Schools in Bethlehem were among those that did not participate in Friday's walkout.

Students from four other high schools in the county also attended the event. "Like he was my age, he's 16. that could happen anywhere you go".

"We planned to walk out at 10am because that was the time the shooting started in Columbine and we're going to walk out for 17 minutes because that's the number of people that died at Parkland", Sumner said.

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She says it made students at Neville want to walk too. "We are affected by the laws that are implemented and we should be able to speak about it", said Roosevelt High School junior Isabella O'Connor.

Columbine High School does not have class on April 20, but faculty and staff instead encourage students to use the day helping others through community service.

"A classroom ought to be a place to have vigorous discussions about our democracy and a space for critical thinking where we can talk about these topics with civility", he said.

However, not all of the students felt guns were the issue.

The rally followed earlier demonstrations around the country in response to the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla. We don't have elections for about another six months but it's important to be engaged and it's wonderful that these young people are leading the charge. "I'm proud that they were able to have their voices heard today".