Newsmaker: Georgia Skuza, Liberty junior, on March 14 student walkouts

04 March, 2018, 05:00 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • People dressed as angles walk near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

The national debate over school safety and gun control has been reignited since the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people. "Usually after a mass shooting, it's: Offer thoughts and prayers".

The Bethesda students are looking forward to meeting their Parkland peers and other students passionate about trying to influence the national discussion on gun violence and perhaps lessen the depressing frequency of active shooter drills and lockdowns in their schools. "This the 18th one this year".

OSCAR BRAYNON: We're talking about a bill that is going to, in my opinion, put people, children in my community in harm's way. You guys are the adults.

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Maxwell noted gun control activists found "an unexpected ally of sorts: Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL), who was running for the U.S. Senate - and dealing with the reality that two of the deadliest, grisliest mass shootings in American history happened on his watch". Jessica Tang, president of the Boston Teachers Union, elaborated: "Our expertise, our job, our skill set is around teaching and instruction and supporting students and motivating them and inspiring them". The students were left disappointed as the ban did not pass, and Florida decided that pornography is a greater risk to the public rather than guns.

As the word spread through social media about Friday's walkout, which originated at North Medford High School, students from three Medford high schools joined in to help shape it. In his court appearance, he has been charged with premeditated murder for each person killed. A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sent students rushing into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building.

In coordination with a few local organizations, some are planning a local March For Our Lives.

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"It's just really hard to think about", said Hogg. This matters to me more than anything else in my entire life. As a former Oakland, California, elementary and middle school teacher, and a mother to two preschoolers, I know that arming teachers is the exact opposite of what we should do. I'm prepared to not worry about anything besides this... Both events are being organized by students and teachers at Flagstaff High School.

"When you're looking into the face of a friend you know, and they're crying and you want to take a picture of them because you know it's this fantastic shot to get but you know, you see the recognition in their eyes, it's so much harder to do it then", said Delaney.

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