Muncie march Saturday seeks end to gun violence

Leigh Mccormick
March 22, 2018

On March 14, thousands of West Michigan students participated in a National School Walkout.

Dion dismissed the notion that young people should be responsible for their own safety. But as the city struggles with a recent series of bombings, prompting schools and other facilities to change various routines out of an abundance of caution, it's unclear if the current plans for the march will hold. "I am 16, and my biggest problem should be getting my driver's license or looking for a college".

"I couldn't be more proud of our student body with the way they've handled themselves", Drew said.

"The shooting didn't deter me at all (from wanting to teach)", she said. "Stop telling me as a 16-year-old that I'm responsible for begging for my safety".

"We're an affluent community ― that's why initially everybody followed this [shooting] so closely", Kasky, 17, said during the Twitter Q&A. "You want to feel safe in your school".

If students at Pennridge High School had to serve Saturday detention for walking out of school to protest gun violence after they were told not to, they were determined to make it count.

New Milford Public Schools attorney Michael P. McKeon took umbrage at Ms. Stevenson's claim that the school had engaged in politically motivated behavior, insisting that the events at New Milford High School were voluntary and student-driven. One parent, Julie Lay, whose children were scared to come to school last Wednesday, felt the students were gathering in one area, like "sitting ducks". On Valentine's Day they had arranged a "hugs and kisses" campaign to deliver hugs and Hershey's Kisses sweets to students and on another day they had supplied students with Post-it Notes so they could write uplifting messages to each other.

While Petty's reasoning, like many others, seems relatively noble, why shouldn't people "walkout"?

"Our goal today is twofold", said Clay Oxford, a senior and student body president.

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The walkout was held in conjunction with walkouts staged at various schools across the country, which was in response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed. "We have the power to walk out of the school, soon to vote, and after that, have the power to sit at the Congressional table and make change happen".

On Saturday, Martinez, classmates and teens from 12 other Northern New Mexico high schools will march from the Roundhouse to the Plaza, where they'll rally for gun control, safer schools and an end to the rash of school shootings that has infuriated the nation. All students were invited to attend the service which was held in the school auditorium. They are mature enough to conduct "non-violent" protests and to contact their state and federal congressmen and women to bring about constructive change.

Junior Kyvaughn Lyons was among the speakers.

My colleagues and I gave legislative Republicans ample opportunity to take real action to prevent more firearm tragedies, to help stem the tide of violence, and to give our neighbors and students what they asked us for: real solutions. "No one wants to live with the memory of shots being fired in their schools".

Gun violence has touched all Americans.

Soon I will be 18 and able to vote in an election for the first time. "That voice will be heard as a call for my representatives to do more than than just send more useless thoughts and prayers".

But he said he understands why schools need to have plans in place for how to react when these situations happen. Mayo had instructed teachers and staff to allow students to leave their second period class, which began at 9:52 a.m., to participate in the national walkout, but said he and other staff were going to approach students to discuss their reasons for not being in class.

Udall and Heinrich previously supported what is known as "concealed carry reciprocity" - NRA-backed legislation that would make it easier to take a concealed carry permit from one state to another.

What we need is to expand universal background checks for gun sales and to ban the sale of semi-automatic assault style rifles. A bill he sponsored, S.221, is aimed at removing guns from someone "exhibiting those red flags" before harming others or, much more often, attempting suicide. We say never again. "As a senior, I should be celebrating my impending graduation, not mourning the loss of too many of my peers".

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