Alamogordo students peacefully protest Parkland shooting

A memorial at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
A memorial at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Fla. seen here on Feb. 21 2018
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17 March, 2018

"I'm so proud of them". If someone is determined to acquire one of these types of guns, there are ways to do it.

"We won't stop until we do feel safe again", said Cunningham, who helped organize the walkout. "These are weapons of war".

On the third floor, officers said they found an AR-15 with a magazine still attached.

Other schools approached this as a valuable learning experience.

Drake said almost one-third of the school's students participated in the event. "It just worked out well that we had extra coverage today". "The people in Parkland aren't going to be the same".

In clusters of small groups, students at Castle View High School in Castle Rock emerged from in-between campus buildings and gathered on a grassy area in front of the school.

"Gun violence has taken way too many lives this year", said Parmah, who is 17.

Dressed in the school's maroon colors, students at Stoneman Douglas visited memorials to their slain classmates and hugged and cried. This violates the first amendment and makes me sick that they can do whatever they want.

Students at Booker T. Washington High School were placed on a "soft" lockdown to prevent visitors from entering the school.

The statement added the school "fully respects and recognizes that students have free speech rights", but noted that it "has an obligation to enforce the policy, which is known as a 'time, place, and manner restriction'".

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The high school's principal, Pete Murphy, had said the district supported the walkout and there would be no punishment for students who participated. "We should be able to rely on each other. if there's something wrong, we should be able to support each other and be there for each other".

Students and administrators at York Catholic High School made a decision to use the day as an opportunity to not necessarily learn from a book, but each other.

The day before the walkout, The Dalles High School sent out a notice to parents stating, "this event is not a sanctioned activity by our high school".

While students across the nation walked out of school amid the national gun control debate, the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people and wounding more in the Florida school shooting sat in court silently with his head bowed.

The Harford County public school superintendent also forbade students from leaving claiming safety concerns.

Nia Dudgeon, a senior at Legend High School in Parker, joined dozens of other students in the walkout to show her support for students killed in school shootings and raise awareness for gun control. Students Kathryn Staebler of Jamestown, Olivia Legault of East Greenwich, Cat Brownell of Middletown, Sara McCormick of Wakefield and Bella Bianco of Warwick spearheaded the effort.

"I think it's really incredible that our school has stepped up and given the students the opportunity to take part", Limeburner said.

Some students reported when they tried to leave their classes, they were confronted by school officials who threatened them with disciplinary action.

"Smiling, helping someone with their schoolwork 17 times, giving 17 hugs, giving 17 smiles", Hand said.


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