Students in Wichita walk out of class to demand action on gun violence

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Students in Wichita walked out of class Wednesday morning to demand action on gun violence. 

At Wichita’s East High, a large number of students walked out of class at around 10 a.m.

“We care way too much to stop and just do what’s comfortable and bypass and overlook and not pay attention to what’s been going on because even though we’re young, we still pay attention, and we still know what’s happening, and we want change, we demand change,” said Jay Owens, student. 

Last week, Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson said that if students walked out, that they would be allowed to come back to class. She added that each school will follow its own tardy policy.

The walkouts are the biggest demonstration yet of the student activism that has emerged following the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.

Organizers said more than 3,000 walkouts are planned across the U.S. and around the world.
 

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