Antioch High School holds second 'peaceful' protest after walkout turns violent

Mike Stocker  South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP

Mike Stocker South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP

About 60 students walked out of Noble High School on Thursday morning and held an impromptu curbside sit-in outside the school's front door for the remainder of the school day, protesting what they say is a lack of safety at the school.

Students stood for 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims of the recent mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

"We know better than to militarize our schools, that's why we're protesting", Garg said.

She also urged students to be peaceful and quiet if they participated so as to not disrupt the rest of the school.

"Part of that is recognizing that school violence is something that's on the students' and the staff's minds pretty much every day, and to ignore it is to ignore reality", he said.

People young and old came together, holding hands, and praying for fellow students, teachers and victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting. Spearheaded by the Youth Empower branch of the Women's March group, the walkout included at least 3,136 events nationwide.

Students read the names, gave a short biography of each Parkland victim and lit a candle for each one.

"I feel like we need to be making calculated change instead of speaking from emotion; I do feel like we have to have tighter gun legislation", Schwemmer said. "But this is not the world I want to live in". "I imagined what it would be like to be in that school, to see my friends or my brother be killed".

Yamelle Gonzalez, also a senior at Lourdes, said the Parkland shooting has hit home for her. "I cried some more". He killed 14 students and three staff members. "But we must ensure they are not forgotten", she said.

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After that meeting, though, high school administrators sent out a letter to parents, warning that for any student who walked out "disciplinary consequences will be imposed".

Now, students and school staff across the USA are commemorating the Florida school shooting with a walkout, after the brutal killings.

In San Jose, Leonardo Aguilar was the only one to walk out of his second grade classroom so he could joined the high school student protest at Lincoln High. he carried a handmade sign proclaiming - "Guns Are Cruel Not Cool".

The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools District took a neutral position on the issue, said Superintendent Craig Sundblad. "If our voices can be heard, and we can help in this process it will make things a lot safer in school". "That's what we're going to look at when we're monitoring this".

In almost 3,000 other planned protests nationwide, students from the elementary to college level took up the call in a variety of ways.

Support for the students was widespread, with even TV networks showing solidarity.

But not everyone is in support of the students' message. But the response in states has been more predictable.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton praised the students Wednesday evening, calling them an "inspiration to millions of Americans who know commonsense gun reform is long overdue". "So if that was the misstep, I'm sorry, but I don't think it was a misstep to intend to take away anybody's rights or to squelch anybody's beliefs". And while it received overwhelming bipartisan support―only 10 members opposed it―Democrats have sharply criticized GOP lawmakers for not doing more to curtail access to guns.

At various times over the next 26 minutes, people - ostensibly police, as they are not pixelated like the children are - can be seen at the far corner of the building, behind a pillar in a corridor to the right of the frame and standing near the corridor from which the golf cart emerged. "We have security guards that I think are very capable of handling a situation if one occurs".

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