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Wooster student reports live from National School Walkout in Ridgefield

22 April 2018, 01:59 | Audrey Hill

Thousands of students across North Texas are expected to walk out of school Friday on Columbine anniversary

Students Plan To Walk Out Of Class On Columbine Shooting Anniversary

The National Student Walkout coincided with the anniversary of the 1999 massacre at Colorado's Columbine High School.

The students also held a "die-in", lying flat on the cold concrete for 6 minutes and 20 seconds, the same amount of time in which the Parkland shooting occurred. "I am going to complain about a problem but not willing to make a change, then what right do I have to say about it". "We need schools to be a safe environment for people to learn, and have our future grow instead of diminish", said Michael Dietrich, a senior at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

This movement had been in the works since the walkout in March that supported the victims in Parkland High School shooting in Florida.

In Manhattan, several students spoke about reading up on the Columbine shooting and expressed their horror at an incident that took place 19 years back and pointed out that lack of law to deal with gun violence even so many years after the incident.

The protest was organized by freshmen and was approved by the school's administration.

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot and seriously wounded by a gunman in 2011, sent a series of tweets supporting the students. "We want to stop mass shootings and we want gun control", said Binayak Pandey, 16, who rallied with dozens of students outside Georgia's Capitol in Atlanta.

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". They held signs and chanted, "We the people say no more!"

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.

"A lot of times our voice is not heard, and so I think just getting our bodies here to say we are here, we are part of this conversation, you can not shut us out [is important]", said Alejandro Eduarte, a junior at Edison Senior High School in Minneapolis. "We just have to get out there and make our voices heard".

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.

An assistant principal took about five students to the school office, where they were told to call their parents to pick them up, Nico said.

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

"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.

House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, said any change takes time and advised persistence, especially when it comes to an issue like gun control.

"We didn't expect to come into the building talking to Superintendent".

Meanwhile, in CT, the students put up a sign on a fence by the football field that read, "Can't hear us now?"

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