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South Medford High School Students Walkout, Protest Against Gun Violence

Students across the country are walking out, pushing for gun control. That includes students from South Medford High School. More than 3,000 miles away from Parkland, Florida, students are hoping to put a stop to school shootings and gun violence. On Wednesday, South Medford High School students walked out of their classrooms and onto the sidewalk all hoping to get their message to Washington.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2018 6:55 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Students across the country are walking out, pushing for gun control. That includes students from South Medford High School. More than 3,000 miles away from Parkland, Florida, students are hoping to put a stop to school shootings and gun violence. On Wednesday, South Medford High School students walked out of their classrooms and onto the sidewalk all hoping to get their message to Washington.

"Justice in Florida," and "Make a change,” were just some of the messages students shouted.

"After the shooting in Florida, it's been concerning a lot of people," said sophomore Sannderia McDaniel.

This is just one of the many school walkouts happening across the country. They come after 17 students and teachers were killed after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week. The South Medford High School walkout started with three sophomores, Sannderia McDaniel, Annabele Soper and Anna Rabe.

"Kids no longer feel safe at school," McDaniel said.

The trio said they walked into about 15 different classrooms asking students to come outside and protest against gun violence and advocate for gun control.

"We made posters and all three of us met up in the cafeteria. We started going class to class, telling teachers: ‘They can't touch us, they can't tell us what to do. They can't mark us absent because it's our right.’ And asked the kids if they would come help us and support our protest," McDaniel added.

"We know the feeling of what it feels like to have your school threatened and your community," Soper added.

Back in November, Medford Police arrested a student suspected of writing a threatening message about a shooting. Although police officers were at the school making sure everyone stayed safe, students say they were still scared.

"We didn't feel safe. I was forced to go to school. My stomach was turning and everything. I was scared to even walk through that door thinking we were going to get shot up," said Rabe.

Some students said they plan to be back outside tomorrow and will not stop until change happens.

NewsWatch 12 reached out to the Medford School District and we received this response:
“We support our students' rights to peacefully protest and share their concerns with trusted adults at school, if they wish. Our first priority is student safety, so we always encourage safe and respectful behavior. Any time a student misses all or most of a class they are marked absent so that we have an accurate record of student attendance to report to parents and the Oregon Department of Education.”

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