Nationwide school walkout

Jessica Barnett, Contributing Writer

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Tragedy struck Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in parkland Florida on February 14, 2018. There were 17 totally people killed and 14 people were taken to the hospitals. Of those killed, 14 of them were students and the other three were staff members. This was one of the world’s deadliest school massacres. The suspect, Nikolas Jacob Cruz, confessed almost immediately afterword and was arrested. He was than charged with seventeen accounts of premeditated murder.

     Cruz had reportedly had anger management problems and was also caught making threats to students before. This led to his school administration banning him from wearing a backpack at school because of the threats he was giving. He was never expelled from school but he did get transferred from school to school. Investigators also reported that he had depression, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. They concluded he was not a risk however. This all occurred prior to the incident.

      In the month of January, there was a tip that Cruz had made a death threat, but due to a breach the officials at the Miami field office were unaware of this tip. As officials have investigated more on Cruz, they found that most of his online profiles were disturbing, and had pictures of him with various firearms and weapons.

 

      Because of this most recent incident, along with the other 17 school shootings that happened already this year, there has been put together two planned events. There will be a nationwide school walkout, and a march for our lives to commemorate all of the lost lives. The nationwide school walkout will occur on March 14, 2018 at 10am and will last 17 minutes. One minute for each victim of the Florida shooting. The March for Our lives is going to be on March 24.

 

     This is where students and other members plan to march in Washington DC and other US cities in hopes to take action in the past tragedies. The march in DC will be led by the survivors of the shooting in Florida. They intend to take action in gun control and to speak to the government directly.

     Alex Wind, who is one of the survivors of the Florida Shooting, stated this about the march: “We’re marching because it’s not just schools. It’s movie theaters, it’s concerts, it’s nightclubs. This kind of stuff can’t just happen. You know, we are marching for our lives, we’re marching for the 17 lives we lost. And we’re marching for our children’s lives and our children’s children and their children”.People across the nation have decided to come together to protest and fight for change.