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East Tennessee students walk out of class on Columbine anniversary

East Tennessee students walk out of class on Columbine anniversary

Students across the country "walked out" of their high schools on Friday for the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre.

All these protests were created to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the attack by two students on classmates and teachers at Colorado's Columbine high- killing 13 before they turned the guns on themselves. The gunmen later killed themselves. Organizers of the national event say walkouts were planned in every state, with some planning marches to statehouses.

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

Students who spoke at the rallies described worrying if their school will be the scene of the next mass shooting, practicing lockdown drills and constantly looking for the nearest exit or best place to hide. In Northeast Indiana students wanted until after school to host rallies.

Students began leaving Benicia High around 10 a.m. Parent Lisa Scott checked her sophomore daughter out of class before the march started so she would not have an unexcused absence mark. The effort was part of National School Walkout Day.

In Decatur, Bellmont High School students walked from school to the Courthouse. "Now that it is finally affecting white communities, people are starting to realize that something is very, very wrong". "They're getting mistreated", said Nathaniel Vincent, Lathrop High School.




"The solution comes when we work together", said August Railey, a student at the Academy for Technology and the Classics. Mr. O'Hearn added that he was approached by students with the idea for the walkout about a week ago.

"We have to go there no matter what, and we should feel safe, we should be safe no matter what", said Aaliyah Banks, a student from Central High School.

The demonstrators here said they feel they have to take matters into their own hands because adults have failed them.

Others were a memorial for those who've died from gun violence.

"I didn't see enough action anywhere else, and someone has to do something", said Thomas Hollinger, one of the student organizers.


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