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West Michigan schools protest gun legislation on 19th anniversary of Columbine shooting

Students at Portage Northern High School and Kalamazoo Central High participated this morning, honoring victims lost in past shootings and delivering speeches, protesting current gun laws and asking for stricter legislation. Photo by Jason Puhr/WWMT.

Schools across the country are taking part in another walkout, remembering the victims of the Columbine High School shooting on the 19th anniversary, along with following up on protests that took place in March, requesting stricter gun laws after the Parkland, Florida shooting that left 17 students dead.

Students at Portage Northern High School and Kalamazoo Central High participated this morning, honoring victims lost in past shootings and delivering speeches, protesting current gun laws and asking for stricter legislation.

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"Why do we put price on these kids deaths?" Portage Northern senior Jillian Bowen asked. "Why do we keep forgetting about the day after the gun is fired? It takes the people an average of an entire lifetime to forget how to grieve. There’s no difference in what it feels like to wake up from nightmares to hear gunshots. There’s no difference in what it fees like to look up in math class and feel gunshots. There’s no difference in what it feels like to be afraid. How much longer until we are next?"

In addition to the gun legislation protests, students held signs protecting the second amendment. One sign from a counter-protester read: "The 1st Amendment is protected by the 2nd: Lose one, lose both!"

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According to Portage Northern administration, students were only given 30 minutes for the scheduled walkout, but some students are staying outdoors during class hours, saying receiving punishment from the school is worth the sacrifice in honor of lives lost.


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