On March 14, one month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students all over Wisconsin walked out of school to protest gun violence – along with kids from every other state in the union. More than 1,200 walked out of Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, which coincided with walkouts at more than 3,000 schools nationwide.
Students at Rufus King marched, while Menasha High School students formed a ring outside the building and kids in Oshkosh West High School left the building silently.
"I just want to know, am I next? I just hope the gun violence ends,” said 15-year-old Dasani Cherry, one of the students who walked out of North Division High School in Milwaukee. “Innocent kids deserve to live their lives.”
In some schools, though, administrators scheduled assemblies to prevent walkouts. In Germantown, approximately 250 students gathered at an assembly addressing mental health and school safety, for example.
Some walkouts were cancelled at the last minute; a rumor about a potential school shooting at Mukwonago High School, and the walkout at Milwaukee’s Pulaski High School was canceled after police got a report of a person with a weapon (one person was arrested, but police didn’t find the weapon and aren’t sure whether it was related to the walkouts).
At the same time of the 17-minute walkout – one minute for each of Parkland’s victims – about 3,000 people gathered at the Capitol holding signs that read “18th-century laws cannot regulate 21st-century weapons” and anti-NRA sentiments.
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