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These teens were given Saturday detention for their anti-gun school walkout

19 March 2018

People young and old came together, holding hands, and praying for fellow students, teachers and victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting. While up the coast in Belfast demonstrators read the names of the dead at a rally downtown and called for assault rifle bans as the First Church rang its bells. We'll stand up for what is right, regardless of consequences. The national walkouts come a week before the March for Our Lives, a protest organized by Parkland students in which their peers from around the country will descend on Washington D.C.to call for stricter gun control.

Antioch High School senior Fares Ali is frustrated that the violence overshadowed what was supposed to be a protest pushing for tougher gun laws and a time to honor the Parkland victims. We've already seen more change after Stoneman Douglas than any other mass shooting (such as the school safety bill Governor Scott recently signed), and we're demanding more change.

St. Joseph High School Principal Greg Blomgren said in an email that about 450 of the school's 1,000 students participated in the walkout on the track around the football field.

Theo Deitz-Green, an 11th grader and the president of the school's student council, said he and other student organizers planned the event after learning about the Parkland shooting.

Jane Marsh says, "There needs to be change there's been too many school shootings and it's enough".

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More than 1,200 students and staff marched in silence around the school's football field while the names of the students who were killed in the February 14 Parkland, FL shooting were read aloud. She said those who walked out on Wednesday did so on an individual basis.

High school and middle school Principal Ezekiel Ohan expressed pride for the way students were conducting themselves and exercising their constitutional rights of assembly and free speech.

Over 1,000 of Central High School's 2,400 students walked out, as well as two-thirds of Lower Merion High School's student body of 1,300, the Inquirer reported.

"Our ultimate goal is to empower students", Cape Elizabeth senior Christie Gillies, 18, told the Bangor Daily News. "Participation in peaceful protest in no way jeopardizes your admission to Dartmouth, even if you are disciplined or suspended. You can use your voice to fight for our lives and stand with students across the country".

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We are committed to seeing this through until gun violence is no longer a threat.

"So even if all new gun purchases were banned tomorrow, there are enough rifles floating around the country to fuel countless more mass shootings", the Economist magazine once remarked in a story about US gun control.

Superintendent Phil Freeman said about 20 former school staff volunteered to help keep order during the walkout. According to the statement, the school district's administration "has an obligation to enforce the policy".

At each school, students walked outside of class to a predetermined location, according to a district spokeswoman.

The band played the national anthem Thursday as students raised the flags back up that were torn down during the violent protest. I'm anxious about my own safety, and my peers' safety. "I don't think we can". "However, a walkout is not the best course of action for the students entrusted to our care".

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These teens were given Saturday detention for their anti-gun school walkout