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Protesters walk for change

Students take to the streets on Feb. 21, walking out of their classes to protest school security and gun control issues. Protests occurred across the country after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which killed 17 students and staff members. Photo by Emily Powell

By Jamie Black, Section Editor

After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students at this school, along with many other schools in South Florida, organized a walkout on Feb. 21, urging change and remembrance of the 17 who lost their lives on Feb. 14.

Nathaniel Tackett and Camila Duarte organized the walkout and were happy with the results.

“We didn’t expect that much of a turnout,” Duarte said. “I think a good percentage of the school walked out. We also didn’t expect for it to last that long.”

Tackett was pleased with the enthusiasm before and during the walkout.

“Everyone got really involved and passionate about it, and a lot of other people decided to take it upon themselves to make more walkouts and get passionate about it,” he said. “So that was really good.” Another group planned and executed a second walkout, traversing the 16 miles between this school and Stoneman Douglas on Feb. 27, getting over 75,000 “likes” and 20,000 re-tweets on Twitter.

The next day, junior Allie Tomaini organized a walkout after B Lunch, meeting up with Blanche Ely High School students at Pompano Beach City Hall.

Posted: Apr. 6

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