Students choose to ‘walk-up,’ not out

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There were 17 chairs, each adorned with a photo and short story of each victim of the recent school shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The victims' names were read aloud as a white rose was laid on each chair.


BELLAIRE – Many schools across the nation saw students participate in a National Student Walkout last Wednesday, March 14 on the one-month anniversary of the school shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Plans highlighted through social media encouraged students to walk out of classes for 17 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. to remember the 17 lives lost during that tragedy in Florida. 

However, student leaders at Bellaire Middle and High School requested something slightly different.

According to school representatives, they met with the administration and expressed a desire to hold an event that stressed the importance of creating and maintaining a positive school climate, along with being nice to one another instead of one that was simply a protest against gun violence.

Thus, they created a "walk-up" instead of a walk-out.

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