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Students Band Together In Protest Of Gun Violence In Hays Walkout

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Lauren Delrie, Mya Tapia and Faith Norman, Nation Wired Staffers

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On the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine shooting, some Hays students rallied together to protest gun violence in schools. Today’s gathering was in conjunction with the National School Walkout led by 16-year-old student Lane Murdock. Student leaders at Hays hosted a walkout that was organized by seniors Jordan Clements and Jessa James.

About 100 students walked out of classes at 10 a.m. local time, some wearing orange (the color representing the anti-gun violence movement) as they to took part in the gathering at the school’s entrance. Some held signs while others took their turn with a megaphone to speak out.

“Gun control is partisan, meaning that people want guns to be taken away, trying to emphasize gun reform, and gun violence. Both are non-partisan ideas when it comes to this student-led demonstration,” said senior Jessa James.

Principal David Pierce and many teachers were present at the walkout.

In an interview with The Nation Wired last week, Pierce discussed the student proposal for a walkout, and said, “We have certain parameters we have to follow… We could have a huge walkout and I probably couldn’t do anything about it, but what does that really change? There are two types of change: one is civil disobedience and then a whole other group of people working in the system making a big change.

“I told those four students why don’t we do something at school, as long as you follow these parameters, let me help you, and just be careful,” Pierce said.

The students took turns speaking out, while others were there to represent a more ‘pro-gun’ side.

The walkout comes a day after a social media threat was deemed unfounded by local law enforcement, leaving some students wary of coming to school. Attendance reports over 1,400 students were absent today– 51.5% of the school’s students.

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