Anchorage high schools join National School Walkout

James Marshall
April 21, 2018

More than three hundred students protested at West Lafayette High School today as part of the National School Walkout.

David Hogg, left, a student activist from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks to a student as they walk out of their school, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Parkland, Florida. Junior at the high school Kaylee Tyner told the news outlet that the anniversary was about remembering the victims and their families.

Although people of all ages-and people of color in particular-have been advocating for gun reform for many years now, many will agree that the current movement, powered by the students from Parkland, feels different.

"We need to come together as a group and we need to solve this issue", said one student.

"Seeing the support that they've gotten from the Tri-Cities has meant so much to them", he said. We are supporting more moderate gun legislation because again, we all want the same thing.

Just like the March walk-outs, on the one-month anniversary of the Florida high school shooting, some of today's walk-outs were to protest for stronger gun laws.

Banton and about 200 of her Cheltenham classmates gathered at Thomas Paine Plaza across from Philadelphia's City Hall to protest police shootings and other gun violence that they say disproportionately hurts minority communities. "I wish it would mean that thousands of young people could be dedicating themselves to prom preparations and not anti gun violence demonstrations". "It's fantastic and I really do have hope for us and I think a lot is going to change when we are able to vote", said Lincoln High student Madelyn Fischer.

Students say the walkout was just the first step toward making Nebraska schools safer.

The school district is willing to give students the space to walk out to mark the day - as long as the students stay on campus, to ensure everyone's safety.

The Rocky Hill school is an independant day school for preschool through grade 12. But students said it was worth it for their cause.

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