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

Local schools quiet for

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

Students from hundreds of schools across the country were expected to walk out of classes Friday, a date meant to mark the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., that left 13 people dead.

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

Lora Wimsatt, communications director for Daviess County Public Schools, said she checked with county schools and had not heard of any activity associated with the day of action.

Shortly before the walkouts, news spread that there had been another shooting at a Florida school.

Students said that sensible gun laws are a long time coming in this country.

Students at Charlotte's Myers Park High School say they were suspended Friday for walking out of class as part of nationwide protests against gun violence.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says it can't comment on student information or disciplinary action.

The students with the Phoenix March for Our Lives group rallied on the anniversary of the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot and seriously wounded by a gunman in 2011, sent a series of tweets supporting the students. "But I think instead of bringing a gun, he could have gone to a superior", Lux Lynn said.

The "Students 4 Change" event took place at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, where more 50 people came out to voice their support to push for change and prevent future violence in schools.

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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.

With anxiety over his safety, fellow Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts student William Black said, "I just don't want to have to go through every day having the fear that I'm going to get shot", stating a common theme among the students at the rally.

"It will show that we care and that we're concerned about this issue and that we're trying our best to stop this from happening again", said 9th grader, Johnnah Bailey.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll published Friday showed that support for a ban on assault weapons has risen sharply in the past few months.

"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.

A group of students headed to Salem directly after the walkout on Friday.

Leaders of the Legislature's GOP supermajority talked briefly about the need to address guns and school safety after the Parkland shooting, but the only step they took was forming a committee expected to make recommendations later this year.

Five students were suspended by school administrators, said Myers Park senior Nicholas Hicks, who said he was one of them.

"We didn't expect to come into the building talking to Superintendent". "We keep banging on the door".

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