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Photo and Video Feature: La Salle’s Walkout in Memory of Parkland Victims

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At 10 a.m. today, hundreds of La Salle students left their classrooms in remembrance of the lives lost in the Parkland, Florida school shooting that took place on February 14th.

Video by Shak Saidjanov

Participating students gathered in the courtyard for 17 minutes, listening in somber silence as student leaders talked about those who died in the shooting. Leaders described their personalities and plans for the future before their lives were cut short. Along with paying their respects, they discussed the prevalence of gun violence in schools, noting some of the many shootings that have taken place in recent decades.

 

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Did you participate in the walkout? How do you feel about the gun control debate currently underway in our country? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 Responses to “Photo and Video Feature: La Salle’s Walkout in Memory of Parkland Victims”

  1. Nicole Khoury on March 14th, 2018 6:57 pm

    I’m honored that I was able to speak during this walkout and commemorate the 17 people that we have lost. Such a heartwarming experience to see my fellow classmates and teachers also participating with me. We won’t stand down for what we think is right. Let our voices be heard. #neveragain

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  2. Ethan on March 14th, 2018 7:54 pm

    The fact that we need to do this is sad. This should not be happening in the US. This walkout will hopefully have the momentum to make change in the world. Very happy to be a LaSallian today!

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  3. David Sullivan on March 14th, 2018 9:57 pm

    I participated in the walkout to remember the 17 lives that were lost, because I had believed that was the intent. When the speakers began talking about gun control and turned it political, I almost left because I was so angry. The purpose of this walkout was advertised as to remember those who lost their lives, and I found the political action talk disrespectful. The one true way to stop school shootings is to never allow a person to feel so worthless they believe killing others will solve their problems. It’s up to each and every one of us to never allow someone to be in such a dark place.

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    Maren Sheahan Reply:

    While I do understand where you’re coming from, I don’t believe that the responsibility of school shootings lays in the hands of those who “allow” someone to feel like killing is their only option. In addition to that, the flyers advertising the memorial clearly stated that the event included a “call-to-action to unite La Salle students around the issue of school safety.” Did you want us to show no emotion or to not acknowledge how these people died? I don’t think you were mislead, and I think it is ludicrous that you feel the intent of the walkout was for any reason other than to honor the victims. But of course, I am sorry that our memorial made you feel angry and disrespected.

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