LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – It’s been exactly one month since 17 people, mostly children, were murdered at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
On Wednesday, students across the country took part in a National School Walkout Day to honor the victims, and protest the nation’s gun laws, including some schools right here in Lafayette.
“We want people to listen and we want people to care,” said Vegas Rain Woods, a sophomore at the Early College Academy.
A group of students at the school took part in the nation-wide protest and wrote things like, ‘We make change,’ on buttons, shirts and even their hands.
“What we are doing is not only walking out, but we are also calling our representatives and our senators for security for our schools,” said Woods.
Students we spoke with said that they’re tired of being targeted, and they want to be the change.
Others protested the Lafayette Parish School System’s decision to have students do something else instead of a walkout… Like a moment of silence instead, to honor the 17 victims.
“Well we hope this is a teachable moment for the students. That they’re exercising their rights, and they’ll take pride in that, and that especially, they will get out there and register to vote,” said M. Christian Green, who was protesting the School System’s decision.
But some students at Lafayette High chose to exercise their first amendment right anyway and walked out of class to express their opinions.
“I just want to feel safe, that’s why I participated in it,” said Trevion Breaux, a freshman at Lafayette High.
Whether it be to protest the nation’s current gun laws or to honor the victims, these students said that they want to take this opportunity, to hopefully urge change.
“A lot of people are very angry and it’s making us want to change and making us want to vote. I am super optimistic about making change, especially in our generation,” said Hope Simpson, a junior at Early College Academy.
President Donald Trump has mentioned that he shares the students’ concerns about school safety and has also previously shown his support for mental health and background check improvements.