Students from across Northeast Wisconsin walked out of school in protest of gun violence.
Bay Port High School saw nearly 300 students walkout. Students displayed 17 empty chairs and held 17 minutes of silence while reading the names of each student killed in Parkland, Florida each minute.
About 40 students at Xavier High School in Appleton walked out and held a prayer service for the students killed in Parkland.
The students were told they would face detention by walking out (EDIT: Xavier’s principal says students are NOT serving detention today for participating in the walkout—Instead, the principal will meet with student leaders to come up with the best consequence, which he says will be either community service or detention). School officials went on to say that they were proud of the students for protesting in a responsible and respectful way.
NEW Lutheran High School in Green Bay held an assembly telling students how to reach out to local lawmakers to make their voices heard.
Appleton High Schools held walkouts also. West High had about 100 participants and protested in favor of more resources for their school, including resources to help students struggling with mental illness. (Thanks to AW student Andrew Olson for the photo)
Students at Sturgeon Bay High School stood in silence for 17 minutes in remembrance of the 17 who were lost a month ago in Parkland, FL.
Nearly 200 students walked out at Green Bay East High School (video below). The students then linked arms in solidarity. Students said this was about more than gun control. Hunter McGowan, a junior at the school, advocated for equality.
For at least me, this is very personal because I don’t feel like labels should be included in our day-to-day society. And I believe we should all be seen as equals, rather than individuals with different labels.
Oshkosh North High School students also linked arms outside of their school. Local 5’s Robyn Oguinye reported this story live on Facebook.
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