Pleasantville Students Participate in National Walkout for School Safety Day

22 April 2018, 01:54 | Robert Harris

Central students walked out of school at 10 a.m. Friday to push for gun control

Central students walked out of school at 10 a.m. Friday to push for gun control

Friday was the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

"There was no reason why I should be that scared at my school, where I'm supposed to be able to feel safe", she said.

Sarah Grace Baxter, a speaker at the Fayetteville walkout, says she wasn't surprised that another shooting happened.

Students from Florida to Chicago started streaming out of their schools in the latest round of gun-control activism after the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

Students and supporters discussed a wide range of topics including gun control, emotional support for students and the stance by congress on gun laws.

A planned student walkout at Owensboro High School to protest a lack of legislative progress to curb incidents of gun violence in schools didn't occur Friday as school officials channeled student concerns into other avenues.

Starting Friday morning, fifth graders on up, accompanied by chaperones, filed out of the school in Brooklyn Heights en route to the protest, even as other students arrived at the protest without permission slips, under threat of demerit, and fearful of academic repercussions.

Student organizer Jordan Harb criticized the armed protesters as students ate pizza on the Senate lawn and prepared for orchestrated "die-ins" at the Capitol.

"I really feel like I'm in a peer group with students across the country, and we're the ones who are being affected, so we're the ones that have to make change", Maren said.

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HeadCount, a nonprofit group that registers voters at music events, said 700 people had signed up to vote through its website during the past week. In a new wave of school walkouts, they raised their voices against gun violence.

"We can go out and protest and we can do all of these sorts of things, but if we do not put pressure on our legislators, the people who have control over our city and state and national governments, then how is there going to be policy change?" Students want to be heard on all issues. "The people who can give us that will stay in office, and the people who can't give us that will be out of office".

An ABC News/Washington Post poll published Friday showed that support for a ban on assault weapons has risen sharply in the past few months.

Geismar said that students from about 35 schools from the city and from New Jersey and CT participated in the walkout.

Leaders of the Legislature's GOP supermajority talked briefly about the need to address guns and school safety after the Parkland shooting, but the only step they took was forming a committee expected to make recommendations later this year.

"They talked with the organizer and made a decision to do a voter registration at lunch", Powell said.

Meanwhile, in CT, the students put up a sign on a fence by the football field that read, "Can't hear us now?"

"We didn't expect to come into the building talking to Superintendent".



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