Published: Sun, April 22, 2018

East Tennessee students walk out of class on Columbine anniversary

East Tennessee students walk out of class on Columbine anniversary

Students in Santa Maria marched to remember those who died in the Columbine shooting while demanding more for gun legislation and mental health help on campuses.

Edina Kuduzovic, one of the student organizers say they are demanding change. Any student who did not have a parent call and excuse them will take an unexcused absence for the day.

The protest marked the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado.

Two students from Apex Friendship High School planned a spoken-word performance about violence and what it's like to attend school amid the news of school shootings.

There was one rally in support of National School Walkout Day where kids sat on the football field and held a moment of silence, while another featured students who were pro-gun and for gun owners' rights.

About 200 students from several Chapel Hill area schools marched together up a hill, and almost five miles across their town behind an orange banner that said "Enough".

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) echoed Gillibrand's statement, writing, "19 years after the Columbine shooting, our hearts are with the victims, survivors & families of Columbine, & our voices are with all Americans demanding action to end this daily horror".

Students at West High School also organized a demonstration which was held in their baseball field.

Charlotte Blasi 14 center was part of a group of Julian students who helped organize Friday's demonstration. | Alexa Rogals  Staff
Charlotte Blasi 14 center was part of a group of Julian students who helped organize Friday's demonstration. | Alexa Rogals Staff

"We want to feel safe at a place where we're supposed to feel safe", said Joshua Caisse, a sophomore at Iowa Park High School.

Red Hook students, if they had parental permission, were allowed to gather on the school lawn for 30 minutes on Friday.

"They have shaped how our generation lives", Worden said.

"I'm hoping for higher involvement among younger voters", said walkout participant Katie Kim.

The protests follows the national student walkouts in March. "So it's the most we can do as high schoolers and it's also a symbolic gesture to show our solidarity".

"It's not fair", she said.

"We were like what should we do should we still try and then we're like let's just do it at lunch because they can't stop us".


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