Students From Across The Northwest Join Protest Against Gun Violence
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Students from across the Pacific Northwest joined a nationwide walkout today to protest gun violence and to remember the 17 people killed in February's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Classrooms emptied out at 10 a.m., with many schools holding 17-minute-long ceremonies to honor each of the students, teachers and staff killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School exactly one month ago today."I would say overall I am feeling heartbroken," said Maya Corral, a junior at South Eugene High in Eugene, Oregon. "I'm also feeling a sense of inspiration by the Parkland students and I am ready to create change in our community and our nation," she said.
In Seattle, students from Roosevelt High School marched through the streets holding signs that read "Enough Is Enough" and "Are We Next?" and chanting slogans for gun control. They and other students from nearby high schools, including University Prep and Nathan Hale High School, joined a large gathering at the University of Washington’s Red Square.
At Ballard High School in Seattle, senior Marlowe Barrington addressed a crowd of students and elected officials, including Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
"It is my right to feel safe at school. And every moment we wait, we risk losing more lives," Barrington said.
Students at Portland's Lincoln High School stood for 17 minutes of silence on the school's football field. They had arranged 17 empty desks along the 50-yard line.
"There's a lot that can be done and there is a lot that's not being done. And I think we're trying to make a change," said Jason Abrams, a freshman at Lincoln.
At Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, social media posts showed students standing in the shape of a heart on the school’s football field. In 2014, the school was the site of a mass killing, when a student shot four students before turning the gun on himself.
Here is a sampling of tweets from around the region:
Proud to be with my school on this day❤️ #nationalwalkoutday #walkoutsnoco pic.twitter.com/NLRbhpYxX2— Cheyenne Jeneé Coe (@cheycoe99) March 14, 2018
AMAZING!! hundreds of students walked out of Lincoln HS, all completely silent for 17 minutes. Puts a big lump in your throat.... #LiveOnK2 #NationalWalkoutDay pic.twitter.com/FrdSJayW0n— Mike Warner (@MikeKATU) March 14, 2018
Delta High School students in Pasco, Wa. take part in a nation wide 17 minute walkout on Wednesday to protest gun violence and remember the 17 victims from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. @PascoSD1 #neveragain #NationalSchoolWalkout #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/qMZKeUgbLi— Noelle R. Haro-Gomez (@nrhg05) March 14, 2018
Roosevelt High School students, #NationalWalkoutDay at Red Square UW https://t.co/izGy3pV1eN— Mike Lewis (@MikeLew65) March 14, 2018
Just watched Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary school students in Portland, OR on #NationalWalkoutDay, chanting: "It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains." pic.twitter.com/AxnZT4RpPS— Jenessa Duncombe (@JenessaDunc) March 14, 2018
So proud of Oregon students and encouraged by the youth led movement to end gun violence. #NationalWalkoutDay #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/HdZDYTbpPf— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 14, 2018
Together we can make a difference! Join us in demanding a safe school experience for ALL! @PPSConnect #ppsmarch14 #StudentsStandUp #NationalWalkoutDay oregon pic.twitter.com/PaFj4z6shc— Woodlawn Wildcat (@WoodlawnPPS) March 14, 2018
Aurora from RHS talking about "kids these days."
"With every step we take... we're setting the stage for a new future. Our new future." #NationalWalkoutDay pic.twitter.com/N5uLA3hkZk— nathalie graham (@gramsofgnats) March 14,
Aurora from RHS talking about "kids these days."— nathalie graham (@gramsofgnats) March 14, 2018
"With every step we take... we're setting the stage for a new future. Our new future." #NationalWalkoutDay pic.twitter.com/N5uLA3hkZk
Derek Wang, John Ryan, Rachel McDonald, and Ericka Cruz Guevarra contributed to this report.
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