Gun Control March Planned for Weekend

Lynn Cook
March 23, 2018

Philip Riley, left, and Eric Martinez.

Thurgood Marshall Academy students were joined by students from the Parkland high school where the mass shooting happened last month. "No teachers will be disciplined for being supportive of these students". That means looking at the problem in its entirety: mental health, political correctness run amok, policy issues, the protections offered by the Bill of Rights, and a digital culture that breaks down the real connections between us.

The school administration sent a letter out to parents before the walkout that said, "As a school district, we neither promote nor discourage student participation in these events".

Martinez co-coordinated with fellow senior Philip Riley, 18, in organizing the walkout.

Last week, schools all over America participated in a national walkout to protest America's weak gun laws. This does not excuse any act of violence, but if there is a way to prevent them from becoming shooters in the first place, we should look for it.

Justin McDonnall, 17, described his hometown of Hymera, Indiana, as "Nowhere USA", but told USA Today that even there, the police spent two days at his school because another student made verbal threats of gun violence.

"We went through a sliver of what Parkland (students) went through", she said. "The only thing we wanted was the demolishing of the Dickey Amendment".

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Every day, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, 46 children between the ages of 1 and 19 are shot in this country. "To inform how Congress can make legislation nationally, they need hard data".

"Stop putting money out for more police in schools and put more money into books and better conditions in schools."
Violent attacks, homicide and suicide account for most of the shootings of older children and adolescents. "Like in Florida, I bet no one took it seriously until it happened. It was such a powerful moment and I don't think I'll ever be able to forget it", said Long.

As the names of the 17 victims were read and flashed across the scoreboard, students rang a bell each time and paused for 15 seconds of silence. Palomera said that he had planned to start a discussion, but that the group was more reserved than he had expected.

Speaker Alice Wu said that the most recent shooting "involves all of us, because without our cognizance and awareness of what Parkland is going through, or of the turmoil that our country is experiencing, we may soon find ourselves once again back at an event such as this to mourn the preventable deaths of human beings that we failed to save". "We're the generation that has to grow up dealing with these issues". The march is an offshoot of a protest against gun violence Saturday in Washington, D.C. In Ventura, over 500 people have responded on social media to attend a March for our Lives rally in downtown Ventura.

As the students poured out of both the high school and middle school and into the parking lot, they milled about and talked.

More than 800 people indicated that they are going Saturday and another 2,300 people are interested, according to the March For Our Lives - Bellingham page on Facebook. As we walked to the park next to our school, cars honked and drivers raised fists to show support for our movement.

Severe weather threat ends overnight
The timing for our possibility of severe weather will be from around 2 AM through 6 AM with the storms moving from west to east. Schools are closing early in the southeastern United States because of the threat of severe weather including tornadoes.


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