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Blue Jay Walk Out

Joey O'Kelly

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Dozens of LHS students rose up out of their chairs during third period, marched out of class and stood outside the school to protest gun violence in schools at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2. This movement was sparked by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida,that left 17 students and staff killed after a shooting on February 14. Since then, students across the country have been ignited to start a revolution full of walkouts and protests.

“I wanted to make a change but I know that I can’t do very much in the power of legislation,” junior Jonathan Edens said. “I think protests like these get the attention of people who can make change.”

While most LHS students opted to stay at school for the walkout, others piled into their cars and drove to the corner of Lightburne and Mill Street on the Liberty Square, where they joined students from Liberty North High School, as reported in the Courier Tribune. They held up posters promoting gun control. These students saw many responses from people passing by, including a pizza ordered by a supportive stranger.

While students may have had different reasons for being out there, they all knew that the main goal was to make a change.

“A lot of people are saying that it’s not going to do anything but the only way we can really say that nothing’s going to happen is by doing nothing at all.”

— sophomore Jake Islas

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