Columbia High School Students Stage Walk-Out Asking for Gun-Reform

By Julien Virgin

February 23, 2018 - 6:04 pm

In the wake of 17 people being killed at a Florida High School last week, students from Columbia High School in Decatur staged their own protest, demanding changes in national gun laws. 

With signs in hand reading, "Our Lives Matter" and "Books Up, Guns Down", hundreds of students gathered outside the campus Friday afternoon to make their voices be heard.

Students around the country have organized protest targeting lawmakers following the recent outbreak of school-related shootings.

Clare Schexnyder, A Dekalb County mother, created a Facebook group called National Stop School Shootings, calling for a nationwide protest planned for March 14 at 10 am. 

The group is calling for students, faculty, and administrators to leave class for 17 minutes, one minute for each person killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school by Nikolaus Cruz. 

"The purpose of this Facebook group is to share information and updates about the walkout and other demonstrations, advocate for and brainstorm about how to make gun laws stronger and more effective (or enact new ones), and share knowledge and facts so we can be more effective advocates for the change we want to see," wrote Schexnyder on Facebook. 

The National Stop School Shooting page now has over 8,800 members. 

The 19-year-old Cruz legally purchased the AR-15 used last weeks shooting. 

President Trump has been vocal about finding solutions to this national issue and has flirted with the idea of arming teachers in the future. 

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