Locals Students Participate in National School Walkout

Roughly 100 students skipped school for a protest at the Georgia State Capitol.

Amanda Cooper
April 20, 2018 - 6:10 pm

Courtesy Geneley Childress/Flatline Cinema

Thousands of students from all over the country staged a national school walkout today on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.  

In Atlanta, roughly 100 students skipped school and gathered on the steps of the Georgia Capitol in protest for  “congressional, state, and local government to take action to prevent gun violence. According to the National School Walkout website. They are asking lawmakers to support: 

  • Legislation to strengthen background checks.
  • Legislation to allow family members to request the issuance of a gun violence prevention warrant for those they fear may pose a danger to themselves or others. 
  • Bans on bump stocks.
  • Raising minimum age to 21 to buy an assault rifle like the AR-15.

Reportedly, more than 2,500 groups signed up for the “National School Walkout."