Highland High School Walk Out

Students protest gun violence in schools by walking out of class.

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Highland High School Walk Out

Photo by Maddie Fell

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Maddie Fell, Staff

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On February 21, 2018, at noon, many students walked out of class at Highland High School in Gilbert, AZ.  Students met in Hawk Hall and walked out to the football field.  Once everyone was gathered, there were students with posters stating phrases like “Let’s Be the Generation to End Gun Violence! Generation Z” and “No More Silence End Gun Violence” carried by Nicole King and Marina Dear, both freshmen while other students took a knee in silence.  

“A lot of people died.  We need more gun control and most of the time, students just don’t feel safe going to school.”  freshman Eileen Valdez said. It was quiet on the field and everyone was in a big group standing close together.  At the end, students made a circle and held hands, small groups yelling “No more silence, end gun violence.”

“I went because I think students should feel safe at school and out of respect for the students that died.” said Caitlyn Gonzalez, freshmen.  An estimate of 200 or more students attended the peaceful protest.  The walkout lasted a little over 17 minutes, one minute for every victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School shooting on February 14.

Photos by Maddie Fell and Gabricia Ramos

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