Hear from local students on Wednesday's walkouts
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 22, 2018,
Feb 22, 2018, 16:25
Another 15 students walked out from Austin High School as well, an official confirmed to KVUE. National School Walkout is not the only one that is building momentum.
In the chilly February weather, they chanted "What do we want?"
"I think kids shouldn't have to come to school scared and that should be somebody's number one priority, is to make sure that kids of our schools aren't scared because that's the last place they should be scared", said Big Sky student Kassie Marcinkowski.
Students in Tallahassee, FL set off the chain reaction when they marched to Governor Rick Scott's office to talk about gun control.
"I told (students) dismissal today will look different".
The high school sophomore said he was overcome with emotion.
Since the shooting, President Donald Trump has signaled he is open to some modest gun control measures.
While some groups have worked to organize national demonstrations in the coming weeks, students say gatherings Wednesday were mostly impromptu and organized out of a sense of urgency to find solutions to gun violence. In the wake of the shooting last week, the two had a conversation on the way to school about gun violence.
On Wednesday afternoon, students at Washburn High School, Roosevelt High School, South High School, and Southwest High School walked out of school and marched to Minneapolis City Hall.
"Please don't give me a gun", Burnett said on Tuesday. "If our nation's kids refused to come back to the classroom until Congress acted, Congress would act", he wrote. He wounded more than a dozen others in a rampage that eclipsed Columbine as the country's worst mass shooting at a high school.
"This event left me inspired".
Hundreds of students from the Washington, D.C., area walked out of school mid-day Wednesday. He was known to be a risk for violence and state officials knew he meant to buy a gun.
But some gun rights advocates worry about going too far. "Immediately you start getting all the questions - 'What's happening?' - and I didn't know".
Barnett said this West Aurora walkout grew out of a Twitter post she saw the night before.
"We're not going to stop here".