Students to walk out of class in honor of Parkland school shooting victims

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Students across the country have planned a walkout Wednesday in memory of the students killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting. 

They plan on leaving class for 17 minutes. That’s one minute for each student who died that day. And, they want people to know they want action when it comes to their safety in schools. 

“Students are almost afraid to come to school,” said Trenton Kiefer, a student at Wichita Northwest High School.

Wednesday at 10 a.m. Kiefer and thousands of other students will be leaving their classrooms on a mission for changes in gun laws.

Newton High School student Nathan Dominguez says those changes need to start right here in Kansas.

“We’re focusing on trying to pressure our state senators and our state legislators into passing common sense gun reform,” said Dominguez.

Some students came up with a list of what that reform should be. 

“We need to ban the sale and the use of bump stocks,” said Dominguez. “We need to end the gun show loophole by instituting universal background checks. And, we need to institute a waiting limit for the purchase of firearms.”

Local school districts each have their own rules regarding the walkout. 

And, students behind these local walkouts are hoping to show this isn’t about cutting class.

“It’s about drawing attention to this heinous crime that keeps happening and the fact that nothing is being done,” said Kiefer.

The students say their efforts to change gun laws goes further than Wednesday.

There will also be a march on March 24 from Park Elementary to the Sedgwick County Courthouse and a full day school walkout on April 20.

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