Local Students Take Part In National School Walkout In Different Ways

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Students at Saint Agnes in east Memphis took part in the National School Walkout, held on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School Massacre.

"You're going to hear us, and you're going to make the changes we're asking you to make", said Eryn Banton, a student at Cheltenham High School in Montgomery County.

Friday marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting which killed 15 people including two shooters.

Chase Freeman, a senior at Hanford High School, helped organize Friday's march around John Dam Plaza at 10:30 a.m.

However, not all of the students felt guns were the issue.

"Seeing my peers mobilize like this, seeing us all come together in a way like I've never seen before - it gives me chills", said Grant Yaun, 17, another one of the organizers.

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Students also say the march should serve as a wakeup call for their lawmakers in Washington, D.C., as many of them will be eligible to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. They both say the time for change is now.

Columbine HS holds day of service, not walkouts, on April 20The students held a moment of silence to honor victims of gun violence. In the event of a walkout, we want to maintain a safe environment for both the students exiting and for those who remain in class to receive instruction.

"I know a lot of people affected by gun violence", Wright said.

"They (school administrators) made sure that it not only took place, but took place in the right way", Trillo said. We don't have elections for about another six months but it's important to be engaged and it's wonderful that these young people are leading the charge. The majority of the public responses to the march are from Democrats like Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), who wrote about the massacre that took place at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, and noted that this fight is still being waged nearly two decades later.

Nationwide there are about 2,600 more of these walkouts, and at least 30 events were staged in the Bay Area to advocate stricter gun laws. Sarah Cohen, a Bethlehem Central High School student, said.

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