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Local students to hold walkout to advocate for gun reform

March 14, 2018 07:00 AM

It has been one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Students all across the country will unite Wednesday to remember the victims of the tragedy and also send a message to lawmakers that it's time for common-sense gun reform. Several local districts will participate. 

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Many students will walk out of class for 17 minutes for the 17 lives lost in the shooting.

At 10 a.m Wednesday, students across our area will walk out of school holding signs against gun violence and promoting change in gun laws.

At World of Inquiry School in Rochester, students will march from campus to Martin Luther King Jr. Park. They will hold flowers, donated from a local florist. Students in Rochester say gun violence hits close to home. 

Maya Waller, a student at World of Inquiry School, says she is not against guns or the Second Amendment. She believes background checks to obtain guns should be much stronger. She was happy to see President Donald Trump calling for universal background checks, but Waller thinks more should be done. 

"As a country we continue to put fires out, but we don't go back to why we have fires in the first place," Waller said. "All these laws are putting the fires out, but they aren't addressing the real issue. The climate around guns in America is not healthy."

The high school students at World of Inquiry School will be supported by city leaders who will walk with them along with staff from University of Rochester Medical Center.

Jazmine Breedy, also a student at World of Inquiry School, says teens are standing up for their future by sending a strong message.

"We're the new generation, we come with open minds and open hearts," Breedy said. "I think we're going to be the fix to the problem that we're having."

Students will be using the hashtag #Enough to post pictures and videos of their march and protest. Many parents are concerned their child could be disciplined if they participate.

The following local districts have said they would not punish students who walkout: 

  • Rochester City School District
  • East Rochester
  • Brighton
  • Webster
  • Aquinas
  • Fairport

Stay with News10NBC on air and online for the latest developments on these walkouts.

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