National School Walkout

Megan Smith, Jr. Staff Writer

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It has been a month since February 14, 2018 when Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida experienced a tragedy. Nikolas Cruz, 19, entered the high school and took the lives of 17 students. Students have since went back to the school where the shooting took place. Many of them, their parents, and citizens of the United States have come forward to voice that something needs to be done about safety in schools with protests and speeches.
On Wednesday March 14th, students and teachers from schools all over the U.S. planned to walked out of school to honor the 17 students who were killed in the shooting, it lasted 17 minutes. Some school districts, like Oldham County, Kentucky, decided not to participate because it could have caused a safety concern or distraction from class time.

Seymour High School was one of many schools across the nation to participate. There were two moments of silence and the pledge was said. After, there were students speaking on certain subjects. Sophomore, Luke Turner, says “based on the feedback I have heard from administrators, teachers, and my classmates, I believe the event went very well. Unfortunately, the speakers, including myself, were in a secluded room for the event, which means I was not able to see the event unravel live.”

Sophomore Harrison Cottrill also decided to speak during the time provided. “I chose to speak this morning because I feel that a reasonable change needs to be made. Students deserve to feel safe in a place of education and learning, and I hope to be part of the future solution,” Cottrill said.

There are different sides on the debate of gun control but on Wednesday, Bailee Wolfe wanted everyone to know that “their opinions matter and that we can make a difference if we all stand together.” Students spoke on different topics such as bullying and mental health. There are resources available for students who feel isolated and they are encouraged to be used. You can speak to your counselors or trusted adults about issues or to get you the help you need. Text hotlines and call centers are also available if you do not walk to talk face to face.