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Shooting at Florida school as students stage walkout

Shooting at Florida school as students stage walkout

Shooting at Florida school as students stage walkout

On Friday, the walkouts were sparked by 16-year-old Lane Murdock, a Ridgefield High School in CT, who began an online petition on Change.org calling for the protest following the February shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 14 students and three staff members dead.

"I think he said he was getting bullied and would like protection on the way here".

Friday's gathering was "not encouraged, but not prohibited", as long as students conducted themselves in a respectful manner, Breitung Township Schools Superintendent Craig Allen said.

Soon after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Brynna Dow's school was evacuated for a fire alarm.

Students from Fayetteville High School are pushing for tougher gun reform as part of a National School Walkout. It happened on the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School and a day that was planned as the National School Walkout to protest gun violence in schools. School officials had concerns about student safety, he said.

The crowd quieted down as Lane Murdock and Paul Kim, two of the day's student organizers, got up to speak about the afternoon ahead.

"I really feel like I'm in a peer group with students across the country, and we're the ones who are being affected, so we're the ones that have to make change", Maren said.

"People confuse it with wanting to take guns away, and that's not what it's about", Sharp said.

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While this event centers around school gun violence in America, which has seen over 7,000 children killed by guns since Sandy Hook only 5 years ago, it also focuses on the disproportionate amount of racial minorities falling victim to gun violence, aligned itself directly with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Toward the end of the rally, student organizers read their mission statement of specific legislation they want lawmakers to enact. "The people who can give us that will stay in office, and the people who can't give us that will be out of office".

Measures the teens ask for include banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; closing a loophole in background checks for those purchasing guns online or at gun shows; and adding mandatory waiting periods between the purchase and delivery of firearms.

Several thousand high school students who walked out of schools rallied against guns in Manhattan and said that they felt they lived in a world of near-constant Columbines.

After school let out, the Hutchison and West Valley students carried their signs to Geist Road and headed west.

"I feel like things have gotten worse these last few years", said Emma Corcoran, a 15-year-old from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, at a rally in Washington.

Five students were suspended by school administrators, said Myers Park senior Nicholas Hicks, who said he was one of them. We keep talking. We keep working. What we are doing is being heard.

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