Mass. Gun Owners Action League Asks Members To Monitor Gun Violence Protests

New York area students join nationwide walkout to protest gun violence

New York area students join nationwide walkout to protest gun violence

According to Marshfield High School's Principal Travis Howard there were around 75 kids who participated in the protest.

In Gillette, about 150 students memorialized those who were killed. The student politely declined.

"But that's how they know we're serious", Keene says.

"Our elected officials must do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to this violence", the organization said on its website. Gun control or more laws is not, and will not, be the answer. "It is about trying to send a message to Congress so that no one else has to hear 16 names on the loudspeaker", Lofrumento said.

During the event, Caitlyn Ashley, a senior and one of the event's organizers, read a poem she had written for the event. They also need to restrict the sale of automatic assault rifles.

At the end of the observance, students returned to school, including the one with the sign.

Maria Neben, an LHS senior, said a larger plan for students fell through. She said high school administrators continued to supervise them until they returned to the building. "When it happens, we follow the same behavior and safety guidelines for all students involved".

Students were still encouraged to speak up or write their legislators. There were some arguments about guns, he said, but it was peaceful and students respected one another's views.

Since the Parkland shootings, dozens of other threats have been made to schools from Farmington to Ellsworth.

In recent weeks, students have pointed out that race has played a role in how the media and politicians responded to the Parkland student activists, noting that when gun violence takes place in black communities, it doesn't get the same attention. Others planned demonstrations in school gyms or on football fields. "And for me, it became very real, and very quick and very sudden".

The superintendent said the District worked closely with police to ensure safety and security, always paramount, while honoring the memories of the Parkland students.

A group of Houghton High School, students organized the 17-minute walkout at Houghton, which drew about 100 students from seventh through 12th grades.

For better or worse, Perri said, he was struck by how quickly the student protests have gained momentum. "I don't know why people would do it, but it's really upsetting", North Bend High School student Jonathan Flood said. They were simply trying to do their jobs, to make sure their kids were as safe as possible and to avoid creating discord between classmates.

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette Left: A group of Hancock High School students protest school gun violence and express their rights to speech and assembly. "When I pin you, I always say, 'Now go and change the world, '" she said.

Those opposed to gun control relish the fast news cycle, where a shooting like the one in Parkland burns bright, but then quickly disappears before any real change can happen. However it started a conversation throughout the student body and community.

Some schools applauded students for taking a stand or at least tolerated the walkouts, while others threatened discipline. "If they want to take away our Second Amendment right, why can't we take away their amendment of freedom of speech?"

The South Florida students who formed the Never Again movement are finding themselves in the national spotlight as they prepare to march in Washington, call for changes to the nation's gun laws.

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