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Students of LHS stand in front of the school's front entrance during the walk out.

Students of LHS stand in front of the school's front entrance during the walk out.

Brooke Talmage

Brooke Talmage

Students of LHS stand in front of the school's front entrance during the walk out.

Walk Out of Louisburg High School

With the permission and oversight of the administration, Louisburg High School students who chose to participate joined the rest of the nation’s students and walked out of class at 9:55 a.m. to stand for what they believed in.

On May 14 at 10:00 in the morning, students across the nation walked out of their classrooms and observed 17 minutes of remembrance of the 17 students who lost their lives during the tragic Marjory High School, Parkland, Florida school shooting. Some chose to walk out in memory of those who lost their lives, some chose to take a stand against gun violence, and some had different reasons altogether.

I walked out because I think something is wrong with our government. Not saying it’s just guns, or the care for people with problems, I think it is all of it and something needs to change,” freshman Jay Scollin said.

The walkout was organized and monitored by the LHS administration in an effort to provide safety and security and to make sure no student caused any damage to property or the surrounding area. The administration sent out emails a few days before the walkout notifying students they would be allowed out of their classes at 9:55 a.m., outside by 10 a.m., and back in their classes by 10:20 a.m..

That was a national walkout day, so we knew there was a potential for kids to do it; however, nobody came to us to organize it,” LHS Principal, Tammy Thomasson, said.

However, not all students were happy with the way the walkout occurred at LHS. Whereas many other schools across the nation turned the walkout into a protest, students in Louisburg didn’t do that.

“I don’t think the walkout was done like I expected,” freshman, Kennedy Wilkerson, said. “Most of the people out there didn’t even know why we were walking out. I expected an actual protest, not some kids standing around outside chatting with their friends. I wish we could have actually protested or done something to commemorate the 17 kids who died in Parkland. If the walkout was more planned, it would’ve been much better.”

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