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Westerly High School Students Walkout For Stoneman Douglas Victims

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As seventeen chimes sounded at 10 am, students of Westerly High School silently exited the building to walk around the campus and then standing with linked arms, their heads down or holding up posters.

After the moments of silence were completed, the chimes played again across the campus. The majority of students walked back inside. Advisory period was extended and the students had the option of going to the art departments for art therapy or to the flex room for writing letters to congressman or just writing out thoughts.  The band room was open to students who wanted have silent reflection.

Though the majority who walked out returned after the seventeen minutes of silence, fifteen students came to the front of the walkway before the Ward Building and remained standing with signs regarding gun control and school safety.

When the clock struck 11am, the fifteen students walked back to class.

The administration remained outside with the students until they went inside.

Some of the student body decided to remain inside for the seventeen minutes of silence to commemorate the Parkland victims. Senior Kayla Kennedy stated, “taking part in the student walkout showed me just how powerful students can really be”. She also was impressed with “the amount of pure respect during the 17 minutes… [it] reinforced how strong we are at Westerly High when we come together”.

Jensen Lund, a sophomore, believed “the views of most people are conflicting with mine regarding firearms.  I think it’s a school security issue, not the weapons.”

Sophomore Aaron Tallardy also stayed in the building, “We should also remember that this [2nd] amendment was created when weapons could fire two shots in two minutes, rather than [hundreds in] three minutes.”

 

The student body respectfully commemorated not only the victims of Parkland but also Las Vegas, Orlando, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Sutherland Springs, San Bernardino among others.

The students have shown more than interest in their future and safety. The fight has not ended with the walkout; change is demanded nationally and locally by the kids of America.

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