WaPo: 187000 Exposed to Gun Violence at School Since Columbine

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The marches come less than two weeks after thousands of students - including many at local schools - took part in a national school walkout to honor the 17 victims of a shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school on February 14. Tim Kaine, along with several students, are scheduled to speak at the event. The event at Waunakee, where high school and Middle School students participated, steered clear of that conversation.

This past weekend, student volunteers convened at the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center to make signs and otherwise prepare for the upcoming march.

"Attention, attention", Cunningham said into the megaphone. "President Trump doesn't either", she added, saying that young people were "feeling like they need to do this themselves".

As the debate rages on, protesters will march towards the White House with posters and placards - and some of those signs will have been produced by Amplifier, an organisation which makes art to promote activist movements.

The adults who watched from the sidelines said they were impressed by the students' maturity and resolve. The three staff members were remembered as well, the teachers and coaches who gave up their lives in the effort to protect others. The young activists made a decision to take banded the group together in response to the February 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 17 people. Many feel that, although Stowe devotes a lot of time to preparing for an armed assailant, more could be done.


Senior Alice Wu addresses the crowd as Solon High School students participate in the national school walkout to protest gun violence March 14.

"If you are my dad's age, you didn't grow up in this", said Lindsey McCormack, a sophomore at Peoples Academy in Morrisville.

No one was injured in the shooting at North Thurston. "If you want to do this, you can actually do something now, '" Masternak said.

Following the Florida mass shooting, Rodriguez-Asher sent an email to the Student Government Association and Bitterbaum.

One of her jobs as a march organizer was to talk to local school districts about getting their students involved. While yes, we all have our own political differences, I believe this fight goes beyond our political and religious divides and is rather a question of life or death.


As students walked back to class, they found that the majority of their peers never left their seat.

He later stated, "It was a little emotional".

Salinas and Wagner both have prior experience working as lobbyists in Oregon's capital, but they were each appointed to their current seats in just the past seven months, making this year's session their first as legislators. Since then, surviving students have urged lawmakers to restrict the sale of such weapons and take other measures to prevent gun violence.

"The CDC isn't able to study gun violence across America", said Riley. But I don't think you can have one without the other. "When we hire these professionals that they're there long term, can afford their rent and stay here, and be the best professionals they can be". Numerous speakers will speak on how gun violence has affected them, and what can be done to fix the problem in the U.S. Voter registration tables will be present, and the Grand Rapid Social Justice choir will perform as well. We want to learn; we want to be safe. Some of us can vote now.

She says enough is enough.


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