Noel Halberstadt and Natali Pratt
April 27, 2018
More than 2000 schools across the nation participated in a Walk Out against gun violence on April 20, 2018. Central students gathered at the football stadium Friday morning for a ceremony to remember Emma Walker, Zaevion Dobson, and the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting.
As Central students walked down to the stadium they received purple pinwheels before the ceremony started. Students Tayrohn Jackson, Daveon Hall, August Obenschain, and Alex Ryswek recited a poem that promotes ending gun violence. “How many more?”
After the poem, Jackson openly stated his opinion. “A school is supposed to be, besides your home, the safest place a student should come to.” Since Sandy Hook, there has been at least 239 school shootings nationwide which 438 people have been shot and 138 of whom were killed.
“We have five and six year olds who are scared of being killed.” Said Jackson, with much emotion and dismay.After Jackson’s speech, students from the leadership club read the names of the victims of the Parkland shooting as well as contributing our very own Emma Walker and Zaevion Dobson.
When the student’s read the names, a bell was rung by senior Michael Boyd and a balloon was released for each name. After a very brief moment of silence, 17 doves were set off into the sky to honor the victims.
After the walk out, students were released to class by grade level. As the students left, they were told to put their pinwheels anywhere on
campus where there is grass to honor the victims of gun violence in schools.
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