Greenwich High students walk out to protest gun violence

Greenwich High students walk out to protest gun violence

Gun Rights

GREENWICH — About 300 Greenwich High School students walked out of their classes at 10 a.m. Thursday to protest gun violence and call for better gun safety measures, one year after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., mobilized a generation of students to take it on themselves to bring about change. On March 14, 2018, one month after the Parkland massacre, 1.6 million students walked out of classrooms nationwide. But since then, the conversation about gun safety has dwindled, said GHS senior Lucy Fulton outside the school Thursday. “School shootings still happen,” said senior Gigi Imperatore, president of the Young Democrats club at GHS who helped organize the event. On the day of the walkouts last year, GHS students held a school-sanctioned anti-gun violence event in the student center, closed to the media. That was followed by a walkout in April , on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School murders. The April demonstration, also part of a nationwide youth presentation, lasted 20 minutes. Some students prolonged the protest following the march, receiving detention. This year, Imperatore, her vice president and the Young Democrat’s club adviser met with Interim GHS Headmaster Rick Piotrzkowski prior to the demonstration. Piotrzkowski reminded the students they would receive a cut for walking out. Participating teens said the absent mark was a small price to pay. “Students really care, they really want to come speak out,” Imperatore said. Sophomore Gigi Barter heard about the walk-out on Instagram, despite the worldwide blackout on Instagram […]

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