Rochester area students walk out to honor victims, protest gun violence

March 14, 2018 12:12 PM

Students across the country and here at home walked out of school in honor of the victims of last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida and to push for stricter gun laws.

Seventeen people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High on Valentine's Day. 

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Students from the World of Inquiry walked from the school on University Avenue to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park downtown. Students carved the word 'enough' in the snow and held a 45-second moment of silence in the park's amphitheater before marching back to the school.

Brighton High School students also walked out Wednesday morning.

"I think a lot of students really came together," Brighton 10th grader Mia Libman said. "We really showed who we are as a community. I think we showed that we're going to fight and you know people say, 'oh you're just teenagers, how much are you going to get done,' but we can accomplish a lot."

At McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton, students chose to focus on the victims. Instead of holding a walkout, they held a prayer service to honor the lives lost in Parkland. 

"The whole idea of the prayer service is all student led," said McQuaid 11th grader Michael Pavone said. "We wanted to make sure it was genuine and from the kids who it caters to. We're the up and coming adults so it's time for us to take action. We decided to do the prayer service to keep all political ties out of the whole walkout and this way we can come together as a Catholic school and pray. We can come together and love."

Students from a number of other schools across our region took part in Wednesday's movement.


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