Thursday, 15 November, 2018


Student walkouts planned at more than a dozen Bay Area schools

Student walkouts planned at more than a dozen Bay Area schools Student walkouts planned at more than a dozen Bay Area schools
Bennie Garza | 25 February, 2018, 18:48

Other students have also walked out of lessons at Fort Lauderdale High School and Hollywood McArthur High Schools to call for gun control following the Florida shooting.

The original plan for the protest was to have 17 students participate in the lie-in - one for each victim of the Parkland school shooting.

In tweets Saturday Trump contended that the FBI was too focused on the Russian Federation investigation to respond to warnings about the suspect, and mocked Democrats for failing to pass gun control.

Students have become vocal advocates in recent days for gun control, demanding that lawmakers take action to prevent another school shooting.

Organizers said the event is meant to "protest Congress' inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods".

Kyle Kashuv, Kai Koerber and Olivia Feller were among dozens of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland who traveled to Florida's capital city Wednesday to demand gun restrictions, one week after 17 of their classmates and teachers were gunned down.

Whitney Bowen and Eleanor Nuechterlein, both juniors at a DC area high school, are planning a "lie-in" on Monday, February 19, through the organization they created: Teens For Gun Reform, which they formed after hearing about the Florida school shooting.

Barashick took her son to Stoneman Douglas High School to visit the memorial.

The school is now on a winter break, but more than 100 students have expressed interest online in participating and Moor hopes that number will rise once people return to class on Monday.

"We as a country failed our children", he said.

Through Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook posts, Roth asked other Rock Island students to join him in a peaceful demonstration.

The Network for Public Education has organized the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools.

Meantime Florida lawmakers will experience the Parkland students' political motivation firsthand when they arrive at the state Capitol this Wednesday to speak to members of the Legislature. "We're still just 16, but at least we're old enough to have our voices be heard".

Some students then turned in the direction of the White House, chanting, "Shame on you", "Don't be complacent" and "Hey, hey, NRA, how many kids have you killed today?"

"Now is the time to get on the right side of this, because this is not something that we are going to let sweep under the carpet", she said on Meet the Press.

Another said: "I really think we should have more background checks, and how are you going to give an AR-15 to a 19-year-old?"

"The fact that he has organized this just proves that he's scared of us and that he doesn't want to have to face us", Gonzalez said.

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