Students from across the nation gathered to protest on Friday, April 20, 2018, calling for an end to gun violence on this 19th anniversary of the school shooting in Colombine, CO, the marking of an era of deadly school rampages. This national walkouts event may be smaller in scale than the March protest, but it continues to demand action on gun control measures and to remember victims of school shootings.
The seventeen year old . Aniyah Smith of Arlington from Wakefield High School, collected letters from her classmates, teachers, and community. “We’ve marched and we’ve been ignored. We walked out and we’ve been ignored. Let’s see legislators try to ignore us when we drop these right outside your office door,” she said. Smith read the names of each victims over a megaphone as hundreds of students sat in silence for 19 minutes, one for every year since the Colombine shooting. “We stopped saying their names a long time ago. So until the end of this moment of silence, I will continue to repeat their names so you guys don’t forget them,” she said. These students later marched to the Capitol Hill for a rally and to deliver these letters to lawmakers, calling for tougher gun control laws.
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