Local students participate in walkout

Local students participate in walkout

"These are people our age", said Pennsbury senior Reed Markowitz as he read the names of the 17 students and staff who died a month ago during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. "However, a walkout is not the best course of action for the students entrusted to our care".

On Wednesday, class was canceled due to snow, but students from high schools and colleges in and around Boston, chanting "enough is enough", marched across the Common and up to the Massachusetts Statehouse to protest gun violence. It is the third to have taken place within the last five months.

Because Trace Elementary School would not allow students to walk out, Leonardo Aguilar asked his mom to walk him over to nearby Lincoln High to join the rally. Because there are so many kids we have the next three Saturdays completely booked up. A few cars honked and waved as they passed by. The select seventeen stood motionless through the event and the event finished as it began: in complete and utter silence.

Students at CATA gathered in front of the school, students at Monroe High School gathered in the gymnasium to observe 17 minutes of silence and other students across the region participated. My detention isn't until April 7, but I still went to greet my friends when they were released from their detention at 10am.

The walkout received mixed reviews on the Chronicle facebook page after a video was posted.

Students at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn also held a prayer memorial service.

Maine's national and state legislators were among those expressing support for the students on social media. Multiple people pointed out that texting and driving causes more annual deaths than school shootings.

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"We can not wait for another school shooting", student Diana Crookston said. "Wonderful to see this in rural schools".

"Other comments said the students were "diseases that need to be eradicated", and were "'morons' who aren't true Americans". They said school leaders threatened to mark them as "tardy" if they didn't leave. Some parents chose to call and have their student excused.

Students across the country faced similar reprimands for participating in the protests.

The #ENOUGH National School Walkout was meant to pressure federal and state lawmakers to tighten laws on gun ownership despite opposition by the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun rights advocacy group. In Wisconsin, students are planning a four-day, 50-mile march from Madison to the hometown of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in Janesville. Over 3,000 walkout events were registered to take part nationwide, the event's organizers told ABC News.

As a 72-year-old Vietnam War protester from the 1960s, I would like to congratulate and give encouragement to the students who are participating in anti-gun demonstrations.

Another area school that participated was Rocky Grove High School.

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