Marjory Stoneman Douglas students walk out of school again to rally against gun violence

Posted at 4:31 PM, Apr 20, 2018

As students walked out of schools all over the country, about 100 students pushed through the front gates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, more than two months after a shooting killed 17 people and injured 17 more.

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“Columbine happened 19 years ago. Since those 19 years, nothing has changed in terms of gun legislation and things need to change,” said Alex Wind, a junior.

Students walked to the nearby North Community Park to sign a banner that'll be sent to Columbine students.

“There’s one commonality between our two cities and our two high schools now and it’s this tragedy and it’s terrible," Alex said.

“I think that’s extremely special because they sent us a banner when our shooting happened," said Hayley Siegel, a junior.

The students could face disciplinary action for walking out of class, which is why Hayley thinks some students chose not to participate.

"The principal came on [Wednesday] and said we would get an unexcused absence, possibly other consequences if we chose to walk out," Hayley said.

That’s why Angelina Lazo didn’t even go to school Friday. She said she didn't want to get in trouble for doing the right thing, so she showed up out front with her poster when the time came.

“Gun violence happened at our school. We should be the first people to walk out and participate against gun violence," she said.

Some students decided unexcused absences aren't important compared to the threat of gun violence in schools.

“We’re all still recovering and processing and there’s not one person in there who is over it because we all want to see things change," Hayley said.