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On April 20th 2018, at 10am, highschool students from coast to coast will be participating in a nation wide walkout. This walkout is in honor of the students killed in Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. In light of the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, students across the country have realized that despite their inability to vote due to their young age, they still want to make an impact and cause a change in this country. Many times the voices of young Americans is unheard, and at times it seems as if the government does not want to hear about how these tragedies have affected our lives. The protest was put together just hours after the Parkland shooting by 15 year old Lane Murdock, after she posted a petition for anti-gun violence on change.org. The petition and walkout are directed towards the U.S. Senate and President Donald Trump to enact legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

In addition to the to the walkout in April, there is also a walkout occuring on March 14th. Although similar, there are different purposes for the two walkout outs. The March 14th walkout is simply 17 minutes of silence; paying respect to the 17 victims of the MSD shooting in Parkland on the one month anniversary, whereas the walkout on April 20th is an all day walkout for anti-gun violence. There are a few pieces of important information to note regarding this protest. First, the walkout is completely peaceful, and no sort of violence will be tolerated. The walkout is also for anyone, your grade and political views do not matter. Regardless of political stances, it is clear that America has had an outrageous number of school and mass shootings, and that needs to stop. What is important is that we come together as a community, and as a country, to show our nation’s leaders that there needs to be an end to the mass shootings.

Liverpool High School is one of the many schools participating in the walkout, and some of our very own students are putting the event together. Many teachers are also going to participate in the walkout and are aiding in putting it together. For more information on the walkout make sure to follow the twitter page @LPoolWalkout, and message them with any questions you have or if you’re interested in participating.

 

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