Local students to join National School Walkout, set for Friday

Kelley Robertson
April 20, 2018

High school students in Chapel Hill plan another walkout for stricter gun laws Friday, but this one will carry consequences.

Students walked out March 14 in protest of the Parkland, Florida, shootings.

That is the day scheduled for the "National School Walkout".

In addition, the Board of Education has provided direction that April 20 will be a day of student voice and expression.

He said he was in his office when "my secretary comes running in and says there's a report of gunfire".

"It really could be anything", Bishop said.

"I remember I didn't have a huge reaction", Lane recalled.

At that moment, a group of at least 20 girls were coming out of a locker room to head to gym class.

Vioral and Perdue, the other walkout organizer, say they support increasing the age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21, among other gun-control measures.

"If people across the country are taking action, I want to be a part of that", she said. If they don't have a note, the absence will be unexcused.

That night, as DeAngelis tried to think of what he was going to say to the community the next day, "I was really questioning my faith a little bit, saying, 'How could this possibly happen?" "Whether it's right away, or a longer way down the road, but it definitely could happen for all those reasons", Levy said.


BMS students who elect to participate must go to and stay in the assigned area. Students, however, were advised by administrators not to walk out of their respective schools on that day and most complied.

"I spent two hours in lockdown", she said. Parents may excuse their children to participate in the event, he wrote. "We've lived this. A lot of the kids who attended Sandy Hook would be in high school now".

But Columbine was not an anomaly. At 12, after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT, she was struck with fear that not everyone in her class could cram into a closet if a gunman rampaged through her school.

Their event asks students to perform one act of kindness for every victim of Columbine.

Since the Florida high school shooting on February 14 that left 17 dead, Hicks said he thinks there's been positive movement forward on the issue of preventing further gun violence. What you have is your attendance in school, . and there's power to that. And prom? And graduation?

The 253-year-old New England colonial sits behind a stone wall erected by a wary homeowner after the Lindbergh baby kidnapping in the early 1930s.

According to ABC News, the National School Walkout event across the nation is planned for 10:00 a.m., local time.

During the first nationwide school walkout in March, Leon County students who would have wanted to participate were on spring break.

"I thought, originally, it would just be my school but, obviously, it's grown", she said. Using the hashtag #ArmMeWith, educators are encouraged to propose other resources they'd rather be armed with instead of guns, such as books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors.

"Young people are voters too".

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