Around thirty West Delaware High School students walked out of class Thursday morning to protest gun violence and discuss concerns following the tragic shooting last month at a Parkland, Florida school.
Junior Hope Straley organized the rally.
A couple dozen students gradually filed out of the school’s front doors around 11 am, joining Straley on the sidewalk around the flagpole.
Some of the students took turns sharing their thoughts in front of the group that had gathered, including West Delaware senior Max Weber.
Other students watched from the windows of the high school as the group gathered outside. Senior Aleah Vaske says she knows this walkout wasn’t the popular choice, but she wanted to stand up for what she believes in.
But not all the West Delaware students who participated in the walkout think stricter gun laws is the solution. Senior Alex Zumbach stood to the side, holding a sign that read “Guns Don’t Kill People, But Abortion Does”. A fellow student stood next to him with a sign that pushed for protecting gun rights.
Students on both sides took turns engaging in a respectful debate on the gun issue – with all students agreeing there needs to be an effort to end bullying and be kinder to one another at school.
Thursday’s walkout lasted for about a half hour.
(photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)