Teens speak out against gun violence

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Solon City School District spokeswoman Tamara Strom said the student walkout was both impressive and moving, noting that the weather conditions were less than optimal. Inspired by the horrific events in Parkland, Fla., that took the lives of 17 innocent people, the walkouts were a combination of memorial and protest, emotional catharsis and angry release.

On March 14, Brooklyn College students and staff participated in the nationwide walkout for 17 minutes.

At 10 a.m. on March 15, hundreds of Stowe Middle and High School students walked out for 17 minutes to remember the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting on February 14, interrupting the school day as others had had theirs disrupted by violence.

"What this all boils down to is that we need to vote in November for candidates who aren't pro-NRA", she said.

"We as youth as taking the lead in this", Weinkle-Matts said.

Chanelle went on to say: "But this time is different".

As a part of an industry that survives and thrives because of the First Amendment rights, we stand with those who have marched and plan to march again this week. Haider said the organization is a registered nonprofit, and the donations are tax deductible. "They would volunteer and have training", said one student.

A mass of students gathered near the plaza at the high school, with 17 students circling the flagpole standing in front of backpacks. But since then, Olson said, she gets distracted in class thinking about what she would do if there was another shooting, how she would escape and stay safe. "There's not a lot of money for public schools-and that's the bottom line". As we walked to the park next to our school, cars honked and drivers raised fists to show support for our movement. As a young person demanding for change, she represents the heart and soul of the new movement for increased safety measures on guns in the USA, where young people are taking charge and organizing the demonstrations on gun-violence.

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Gathering behind the high school in the bitter cold, the students signed petitions asking for gun legislation, listened to their peers read the names of the victims and stood for a moment of silence. "Because it needs to happen", she told the Excelsior.

The acknowledgement of that truth and ensuing emotion is conveyed in a mural by five area high school students now on display in the Dahl Arts Center.

The event was planned by the Student Leadership Club: students Colton Cunningham, Bella Braverman, Kay Meyer, Daniel Lyden, Makenna Lund, Josh Ziegler, Max McKenna, Alex Pelletier, Alyssa Miller, Sierra Anderson, Taegan Yardley, Wren Murphy, Fiona Reed, John Meyer, Tyler Sherwin, William Dixon and Natalie Doehla. "The more we talk about it, I think, the better off we're going to be".

Saturday's march in D.C. will begin at noon with a rally on Pennsylvania Avenue between Third Street and 12th Street Northwest.

Andrea Harris agreed that the council needed to look at more funding for the Police Department, but felt like more assistance and resources also need to be called on from the governor's office and the district's USA attorney.

WWU graduate student Hoku Rivera it was the younger students' passion who drove her to volunteer.

The sign-making party was organized by Prospect High students, the same group that's behind March for Our Lives San Jose.

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