Days before the February 14 school shooting that left 17 dead at a Parkland, Florida, high school, the community of St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy in Toledo had a school shooting scare of its own when students spotted a threat made by a local teen on the mobile messaging app Snapchat.
"There are so many teachers here that would do the same thing for us, so it's nice to be able to show that we can stand as a country and stand as a school and be united".
"Everything in Ramona has been smooth sailing", Wilds said. The private elementary/middle school also invited the press to view the middle school students in their protest. "No one did anything on that", she said.
The Portland school district said students were not permitted to leave school grounds and those who did were told they would receive unexcused absences.
The lunchtime forum at Ramona High was led by seniors Sophie Underwood, Allison Amick, Jenni Kao and Alex Damnati. "Safety in school is basically a necessity". Students recognized the solemnity of the occasion. He prefers seeing an armed police officer at the front of the school.
"We want to get the message across to our government that never again should there be a school shooting". The Rachel's Challenge nonprofit was formed after Rachel Joy Scott was killed in the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1990.
In contrast, he brought up the way the state reacted to the Pulse nightclub massacre in the summer of 2016, when 49 people were killed.
"The biggest way to solve this problem is education, responsibility and mental health", Thornbury said. "We have come here today to say no more".
Underwood, the Friends of Rachel club president, added that the club is open to anyone who is willing to reach out to uplift others.
"I feel empowered and like we have the power to make a difference", Cotten said.
While Fick reminded Phelan of the Supreme Court decision, Tinker v. Des Moines, that "students do not 'shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and expression at the schoolhouse gate", Phelan stated that "Belmont recognizes" that ruling, "however, there is a well-recognized legal principle that administrators must ensure safety of all staff and students as well as minimize the disturbance to the educational process".
As students returned to class, Baldwin and the other juniors who had helped organize the walkout encouraged their classmates to introduce themselves to students they didn't know and go out of their way to say hello to students who were walking alone.
Locally, a march (for which organizers hope to see turnout of 500 people) will take place from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday.
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Principal Ron Rammer said he discussed the chance of his students at McCaffrey with his leadership class the week before the possible walk-out.
"We've replaced discussion with winner-take-all politics, we've replaced compromise and an assertion for common ground with dogma", he said. "We welcome all viewpoints from anyone who wants to participate". We're here to learn.
Mountain Valley Academy counselor Kristy Robertson leads a group of six MVA students in remembering victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting during an optional forum. AHS student Brandon Sinniger read out the names and ages of the victims from the Stoneman Douglas shooting. After each reading, the students bowed their heads for 17 seconds of silence.
People unevenly report non-fatal gun violence, depending on where and when the incident takes place, Webster said. "We know each and every time this happens that these are real people we see as unknown faces". It drew more students than they expected and the support of a small contingent of adults who gathered holding signs on the sidewalk across the parking lot from the school. "If we guard schools then that could work toward mitigating a school shooting".
"They were all great people and all of them were handsome in their own way and now they're gone", Bounds said.
"At the end" of the walkout, he said, "Sean was telling everyone if we want to make change it was us that has to do it - and to do that we have to vote these people out".
"I've always had the mindset that no one needs to own an assault rifle", said Patel.
"It really inspired me, because already I cared about these issues". My heart hurts to think about the families. And U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, recently advocated for funding metal detectors in schools.
"It was stupid", said student Jonah Louie later in the day.
It is maddening that others would seek to silent voices of those directly affected by the events of the day no matter what their position.
He said the school tries to get the students to debate and articulate what they believe in and to understand those with whom they disagree - a lesson that extends to the faculty as well, which itself is trying to figure out the best way to protect students and staff.
Beyond a focus on school security and safety, the general issue of gun control legislation stirred the most debate later in the program, with a number of speakers in the audience arguing for or against various laws being considered. "We support the voice of our students".