Another School Shooting Just Minutes Before Students Were Set To Walk Out Against Gun Violence

Students in every state are starting to walk out in protest of gun violence, including school shootings in our gun-saturated country. Today’s date is a familiar one as the walkout marks the 19th anniversary of the school shooting in Columbine, Colorado, an event that marked the start of an era of deadly school rampages. In the Washington, D.C. area, students gathered in front of the White House and plan to walk to the Capitol later during the day. But, students at an Ocala, Florida high school could not participate because they were on lockdown following a shooting that left one student injured.

Marion Public Schools spokesman Kevin Christian said the student was shot in the ankle and transported to a hospital with a non-life threatening injury. A suspect was taken into custody in what marks the 20th US school shooting this year, according to CNN.

One of the students at the high school tweeted a jaw-dropping picture of his barricaded classroom, showing the reality kids have to live in today.

As a precaution, all other schools in Marion County were put on a partial lockdown.

At least Florida’s Republican Governor didn’t offer ‘thoughts and prayers.’

Friday’s walkout comes about a month after people gathered in cities nationwide for the March for Our Lives rallies. In 1999, students at Columbine High School were massacred. 15 people died, including the two teens who went on a shooting spree. Since then, nothing has changed, not even after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that took 20 children’s lives, between six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members.

But this time, it will be the children who bring about change.


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