Weeks after school shooting, band to play at Carnegie Hall

Henrietta Brewer
March 7, 2018

In the aftermath of the shooting, many students had called for immediate action.

"The Governor will make a decision when the final bill reaches his desk", his spokeswoman, Lauren Schenone, said Tuesday night in a statement.

The Parkland shooting, which took place now three weeks ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was just one of hundreds of school shootings the U.S. has seen in recent years. But absent meaningful gun control policies, many school officials feel they have no choice. "I applaud these students' willingness to put their futures in jeopardy in order to stand up for what they believe in", said Lorna Hunter, vice president for enrollment management.

Since the Parkland shooting, students, parents and teachers started taking their concerns to lawmakers locally and in Washington to present several options all with the same common denominator-that they want something to change when it comes to our gun laws.

The nationwide event is being promoted by Women's March Youth EMPOWER.

The organizers hope to create a unified Jeffco with their event, which will actually be held on school campus. The gathering is not about gun rights.

"Just because they're high school kids that doesn't mean they don't have a First Amendment right", Morse said. "I want them to know that the adults around them care about what happens to them". "In the event that a walkout does occur, teaching and learning will continue and classes will operate on our normal schedule", the letter states.

"It's just terrifying to have a son in middle school in the current climate", said Enfield, whose sixth-grader attends Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. One thing seems certain, the Parkland students are unlikely to fade into the background. "I would like to see other options that can be effective".

Bocka said she considers Rindge and Latin to be a safe place for her and other students, and that Cambridge as a whole is safe. The SAFeR group is already planning a protest outside the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka on March 24, the same day students from across the country will "March for Our Lives".

Amanda Byerman, a senior at Henry Clay High School and member of the team, said students are constituents and can have a voice in the political process.

"And that's why we walk out on March 14, to commemorate the lives lost and to recognize that this is a fear we live with every single day that we go to school, and that we shouldn't have to live with that fear", she said.

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