DALLAS, TX — Many students who attended public schools in the last 19 years remember Rachel’s Challenge, a program aimed at reducing gun violence in schools. The program was created in light of the 1999 Columbine shooting that left 13 high school students and staff members dead and named for Rachel Scott, a 17-year-old girl killed in the shooting.
But students who attend public schools in 2018 know gun violence is much more than a distant memory kept alive through the efforts of Rachel’s Challenge.
With deadly shootings seemingly occurring ever-more often, students who fear the the heavy hand of gun violence are stepping up and demanding change.
On April 20, 2018, students from 10 Dallas-area schools will leave their classrooms to draw attention to the far-reaching impact of gun violence.
Dallas-Area Schools Planning Walkouts:
Booker. T Washington HSPVAYvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet CenterJ L Long Middle SchoolHighland Park High SchoolUniversity of North Texas DallasGrand Prairie Fine Arts AcademyRanchview HighschoolGarland High SchoolWoodrow Wilson HSLake Highlands North Park
The largely student-led protests took shape after an armed gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and shot 17 students and staff members to death.
The shooting sparked protests in Washington, DC, and across the nation as students staged walkouts lasting 17 minutes, even as students injured in the Florida shooting were still recovering in hospitals.
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