Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Readers have mixed opinions on National Walkout Day and its effectiveness

Readers have mixed opinions on National Walkout Day and its effectiveness

She pitched the idea to the students: each would write 125 affirmation hearts, one for each of the high school's students with some left over for teachers and staff. Submitted photo Southwestern Senior High School students Aubin Cotter and Hannah Lillie wore black T-shirts to represent the victims of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida during an observance Wednesday in Jamestown.

The students I spoke with say time's up for politicians who aren't taking gun restrictions seriously. "Some people don't have parents because of gun violence", one student said.

Because Trace Elementary School would not allow students to walk out, Leonardo Aguilar asked his mom to walk him over to nearby Lincoln High to join the rally.

At nearby Penn Alexander Elementary school, students demonstrated by forming a peace sign with their bodies.

Morrison said after several days their hands hurt, "but we felt it was important to reach out and let the students know we care about them".

On April 20, another National School Walkout is planned, marking the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. "We can make an impact while exercising our First Amendment right".

Students at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn also held a prayer memorial service. The majority of students took part, said Annette Powers, the school's director of communications and marketing.

More than 50 students walked out in Bellefonte, outside State College, instead of assembling at a school-sanctioned location inside.

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"We must ensure that our schools are supportive, welcoming, and safe", Sylvia Torres-Guillén, director of education equity for the ACLU of California, said in the statewide advisory. "We really need to talk about solutions so no one else has to die".

Students are up against a very politically powerful gun manufacturers' lobby and the politicians they have bought and paid for. Levenson ordered the sheriff's office to release a version of the video with "the identities of the students and unknown witnesses" removed between noon Thursday and noon Friday.

"We are proud of the way our students conducted themselves during today's silent Remembrance Assembly", Ms Rattigan said in a statement.

The peaceful demonstration was meant to support initiatives related to reducing gun violence and improving school safety.

The March 14 nationwide school walkout was the first of a number of USA gun control protests planned for the near future.

In Warren County, protesters at Warren Hills Regional High School were warned they would receive an after-school detention for leaving the building without permission.

The students showed a determination, introspection and balance of idealism and pragmatism missing from prior protests, most recently the 2016 walkouts over Donald Trump's presidential victory.

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