Local schools quiet for "Day of Action" against gun violence

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In fact, there would not have been a #NationalWalkoutDay to begin with if it were not for 16-year-old RHS student, Lane Murdock, who came up with the idea for an April 20th walkout after the Parkland shooting.

"I think I knew when I walked out that I could have faced suspension, of course, but I was also ready to stand up for what I believe in", Hicks said.

Betsy Rosen, a Myers Park parent who is not related to the suspended students, said she was outraged by the school's action.

Many students expressed that the February shooting that killed 17 people at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was their tipping point.

Across the nation, students walked out of class at the same time in each time zone to observe a moment of silence for shooting victims, and push for gun reform.

Organizers said an estimated 150,000 students protested Friday at more than 2,700 walkouts, including at least one in each state, as they sought to sustain a wave of youth activism that drove a larger round of walkouts on March 14.

Principal Scott Christy said in a letter to other schools in his district that April "has always been a time to respectfully remember our loss, and also support efforts to make our communities a better place". It was meant to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo. "We wanted him to take notes and really take into consideration about what we think about our school and what we want to see change in Fresno as a whole", she said.

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The 11th-grader at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts carried a sign that said, "We will march until we disarm every American".

Students were given the chance to voice how they feel about gun violence in schools while parents and community members joined in with signs to show support.

For the remainder of the afternoon, students had lunch, registered to vote, and had the opportunity to make speeches to their classmates, before being dismissed from school as usual.

"We can go out and protest and we can do all of these sorts of things, but if we do not put pressure on our legislators, the people who have control over our city and state and national governments, then how is there going to be policy change?"

"We met with the students and talked about the importance of the educational process, and the length of time they wished to do the walkout", DeLacey said. Students want to be heard on all issues.

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.

RHS's walkout commenced with students marching onto Tiger Hollow, holding up signs and wearing orange in solidarity, but most notably talking and laughing with one another as they walked onto the field. "So it's good to be out here showing what we believe in and making sure students have the information they need to vote". "We keep banging on the door".

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