BLUFFTON — Students across the nation walked out of their classrooms Wednesday as part of a protest to remember those killed February 14 in Parkland Florida.
For 17 minutes, beginning at 10 a.m., Bluffton middle and high school students stood outside and showed their solidarity with other students. Bluffton students joined with students, both regionally and nationwide, in protest Wednesday.
“I think it’s a very important problem in America and just to honor the kids who lost their lives in a place that’s supposed to be dedicated to education — especially since it’s a government building — and the fact that people are even scared nowadays walking into a safe place that’s supposed to help people grow, not only as students but as citizens and people, I think is really important to advocate for stricter gun control,” said Lelani Bischoff, a senior at Bluffton High School.
The students who protested did it with the sanctioning of the administration.
“With the school shooting down in Florida and with all of the different shootings that have happened throughout the nation over the years, each time something like this does happens it brings up a lot of feelings with students, with teachers, with parents. So they want to try to make a difference in some manner, and so this is one of their ways of feeling like they can make a difference, make a statement, hopefully try to some change, help people to feel a little bit safer when they’re in school,” said Mike Minnig, principal at Bluffton High School.
“I think it’s really cool that they’re allowing us to do this and not punishing us, especially because this is freedom of speech. This is a thing we have a right to do, and we should be able to express how we feel and express that this isn’t a thing that’s just happening in big cities, but there’s the possibility of it happening here. We need to protect the rest of the U.S. We need [to protect] every single school, because it doesn’t matter whether you’re in a big school or if you’re in a tiny little school like Bluffton. It can happen anywhere,”said Darby Pritchard, a senior at Bluffton High School said.
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