Hundreds of Tri-Cities students join National School Walkout
TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Hundreds of Tri-Cities students walked out of class at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning as part of a national movement against gun violence in the wake of last month's school shooting in Florida.
Chanting "enough is enough", "make schools safe again" and holding signs that read "Never Again", students marching in front of Delta High in Pasco said they don't feel safe at school and it's time for the adults in charge, and the people they vote for, to take notice.
Delta Highschool Senior Tori Ashley said she doesn't feel safe at school.
“The fact that I had to, just today, practice what I was going to do in case of a school-shooter in my classroom. Which corner I’m going to hide in, and what tables we were going to use,” she said.
Ashley helped organize the walkout at Delta High to coincide with other schools all across the country.
She said the adults aren't taking their fears seriously and she hopes the walkout will get their attention.
“Maybe start considering that it is an actual threat, and something needs to happen.”
Fellow Organizer Meghan McQuade said she's upset because America's kids going to school and never coming home isn't enough anymore.
She said it had to be something bigger to snap the adults out of it.
"Look, it's not just about these kids in Florida," she explained. "It's about everybody. It's about every school across the nation, we need to make a difference. I think it really sends the message loud and clear."
McQuade said she was happy with the turnout at Delta and across Tri-Cities because it needs to be about more than politics.
“We really tried to just focus on the fact that this was about school safety," she said. "We made sure people knew it wasn’t a liberal versus conservative thing, and that there were people from both parties supporting this movement.”
Ashley said different students offer different solutions, but now America knows the next generation is done waiting.
"We're talking about the safety of our children that are attending our schools," Ashley sighed. "They're being harmed in schools. People are dying in schools. And thats unacceptable and we need to do something about it before it gets worse."