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Over 300 Students Walk Out at Grants Pass High School

Over 300 students from Grants Pass High School left class this morning to join a national school walkout.

Posted: Mar. 14, 2018 5:37 PM
Updated: Mar. 14, 2018 6:13 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore.- Students all over the country are demanding more congressional action on gun violence. 

Jo Berry says, "I'm getting a wonderful education and I don't want to be afraid of being slaughtered."

Organizers say about 350 students marched around campus today. They walked for 17 minutes total, one minute for each of the 17 students killed in Florida one month ago.

Jane Marsh says, "There needs to be change there's been too many school shootings and it's enough."

This national walkout comes just one month after the mass school shooting in Florida when a 19-year old walked in with an AR-15 and started shooting, killing 17.

The students I spoke with say time's up for politicians who aren't taking gun restrictions seriously.

Marsh says, "I want them to start focusing more on our safety and less on petty arguments."

Berry says, "This March it was for everything that we stand for when it comes to gun laws it stands for the people who are killed who are murdered in there safe places and it's also for the politicians that need to open her eyes and see that this place is a safe place and it should always be a safe place because we have no way of defending ourselves."

Some students circled around the american flag in the front of the school. 

Berry says, "I was over there and I was singing with my friends and I was crying because I could just think you know I don't want to be a statistic nobody wants to be a statistic."

The student body president says this activism isn't stopping after today. National organizers already have more events planned.

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