In the wake of the latest school shooting in Florida, some high school students in the Hudson Valley are organizing a walkout as part of a national campaign to raise gun control awareness.
Students at Brewster High School are planning to join others throughout the country at 10 a.m. on March 14 as part of the National School Walkout, which is “to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.”
“We need action. Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship,” according to organizers of the national movement.
“Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school. Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.”
In Brewster, dozens of students have vowed to participate in the walkout. The students are reportedly coordinating with school administers to ensure the walkout is organized. Students are also planning on writing letters to Parkland students on Friday afternoon after school.
“This walkout is in response to the shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school on Feb. 14, and countless other shootings over the past few years,” students stated. “Enough is enough! Us students are the future, and our voices must be heard. We can make a difference.”
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