Students say “NO” in solidarity

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Students say “NO” in solidarity

Ebony Bowen, Staff Writer

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Walkouts are how students express their feelings to the public. It’s a great way because students are coming together across America to stand up for what they believe in. In honor of Stoneman Douglas high school and many other school shootings, students across America have organized a protest against gun violence.

People wonder why the walk is on April 20th. The date marks the anniversary of the Columbine massacre, which was a school shooting conducted by two students, who killed 13 people and injured many. Therefore it’s time to fight against gun violence because it is 2018 and according to http://www.gunviolencearchive.org, there have been over 4,158 deaths; 179 killed or injured children ages 0-11, and 740 killed or injured teens ages 12-17.

This walk out is different from the National School Walkout that was held on March 14th. This walk out is for students all across America to bring awareness about gun violence and to fight against it. This walkout is also different from the March of Our Lives protest. This walkout is to hear more insight on students thoughts and learn more about gun violence.

Elementary schools are to hold in class discussions about guns and share students’ thoughts. While middle and high schools can wear orange and host an on campus walkout to discuss these issues. For those that may not be able to walk out, you can wear orange in solidarity. There is always the option to write to your representatives in Congress, which is highly recommended.

If you are a student reading this, take a moment to think about whether you want to participate in this national event. If this is your first time hearing about this walkout then inform your peers. So please spread the word and remember “SAY NO TO GUN-VIOLENCE!”

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