STUDENT WALKOUT: 80 rally at Wellington High School

STUDENT WALKOUT: 80 rally at Wellington High School

STUDENT WALKOUT: 80 rally at Wellington High School

Students across Narragansett, North Kingstown and South Kingstown joined others across Rhode Island and the rest of the country as part of Wednesday's National School Walkout, a demonstration against gun violence organized in the wake of the deadly February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. At the service, students and teachers spoke about the Parkland victims and lit a yahrzeit memorial candle.

"We're all delivering the same message", he said. "I didn't try and cause a ruckus, but I was seen by the principal and he came and we had our exchange".

Emma Taylor-Salinas, a seventh grade student at State College Friends School, writes an affirmation heart for students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. "They are bleeding. They are all going to die", a teenage girl calling from classroom 1215 said through tears and heavy breathing.

"I've witnessed so many mass shootings, too many", said Reed. She commended Park teachers and administrators for helping to reassure students.

Not only was the vigil meant to honor the 17 people who lost their lives in Parkland, she said, it was also for the children at Sandy Hook; it was also for the OH seventh-grader who took his own life, she said, as he had planned a shooting at his school as well.

Ogungbemi said seeing the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas on the news talking about the experience inspired her and the other students to use their own voices to make change. "We are demanding change because this needs to change".

More than 200 students will face discipline in the form of Saturday morning detention.

"Enough is enough. People are done with being shot", said Iris Fosse-Ober, a senior at Washburn High School in Minneapolis.

Students respond to Abel Berhan a senior at Evergreen High School in White Center who leads Evergreen High and Cascade Middle School students during a walkout over gun violence Wednesday. The crowd at Evergreen High was responding to Berhan “What
Students disrupt Walkout Day moment Of silence

"We were proud of how the students handled it", Newton said, noting all the school's students were born after the 1999 school shooting in Columbine, Colorado. The murders have spurred a new round of activism and discussion about gun violence, largely driven by Parkland students.

Liza Viktore stood with a small group of supporters on the other side of 80th Street, carrying a sign that read "Your voice and safety matter".

Shelly Galloway, the district's spokeswoman, said school and district administration were pleased at how well the students behaved.

However, she gave high marks to the district for implementing the extra safety measures.

"We teach our students to be independent thinkers", Janet Conner-Knox, who handles public relations for Wilson Preparatory Academy. told CNN.

Students in Tullahoma pulled off their walkout with no trouble, but students in Coffee County faced an additional hurdle, according to school officials.

"It just lost all the power it had", he said. "It feels like it's part of the establishment".

Following that, David Hogg, a Parkland shooting survivor and activist, announced Thursday that singers such as Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and others will stand besides marchers by performing on Saturday.

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