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22 April 2018, 01:56 | Louis Holland
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Students from hundreds of schools across the country were expected to walk out of classes Friday, a date meant to mark the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., that left 13 people dead. In fact, there would not have been a #NationalWalkoutDay to begin with if it were not for 16-year-old RHS student, Lane Murdock, who came up with the idea for an April 20th walkout after the Parkland shooting.
"And nobody knew", she said.
As thousands of teenagers held rallies from coast to coast, a shooting at a high school in Ocala, Florida, left one student wounded.
Students said that sensible gun laws are a long time coming in this country.
In an event organized by the Fremont County Democratic Party, a small group of community members gathered across the street from Cañon City High School at Rudd Park to show support for students in the event that they wanted to participate in the walkout.
Incidentally, reports pointed out that most of the students participating in Friday's walkouts were not even born when students shot a dozen people to death inside Columbine High School in Colorado, an atrocity that sparked a national debate over guns exactly 19 years ago.
Principal Scott Christy said in a letter to other schools in his district that April "has always been a time to respectfully remember our loss, and also support efforts to make our communities a better place". Two gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher.
Kaela Peterson, a freshman at Highland High School, said anxiety about their safety can take away from her and her peers' ability to care about success in school.
In March, events were offered, coordinated through the schools.
For the remainder of the afternoon, students had lunch, registered to vote, and had the opportunity to make speeches to their classmates, before being dismissed from school as usual.
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"We're just out here trying to make a difference".
Toward the end of the rally, student organizers read their mission statement of specific legislation they want lawmakers to enact. In a new wave of school walkouts, they raised their voices against gun violence.
Rally organizers called for changes including bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Leaders of the Legislature's GOP supermajority talked briefly about the need to address guns and school safety after the Parkland shooting, but the only step they took was forming a committee expected to make recommendations later this year.
"We didn't expect to come into the building talking to Superintendent".
Five students were suspended by school administrators, said Myers Park senior Nicholas Hicks, who said he was one of them.
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