By Lauren Murphy.
About 150 high school students peacefully walked out of McNary High School yesterday morning.
“This walk out was to remember the 17 lives of our peers across the country,” said Faith Danner, the organizer of the walkout out at McNary. Participants had varied reasons for walking out from respecting the victims to gun control.
“I wanted to speak for myself before some started speaking for me,” Faith said.
“Whatever your reason for walking out, they’re all equally important,” said Beck Danner, a Freshmen at McNary High School.
“There was a lot of people I didn’t know,” she said, “I wanted to make a difference.” She has received a lot of support from friends, family and even teachers. “All the teachers have been super supportive,” she said, “Even if they don’t really agree.”
There were some students there who were talking during the silent protest, “They were shut up pretty quickly by everyone else,” Faith said. “There opinions are still out there, we were just louder. Actually I guess we were quieter.”
Mrs. Carla Bell, an English teacher at McNary, told a loud group of students, “If you don’t believe in this cause than don’t be here.” Many of the protesters were quiet and respectful to the cause.
“I’ve been on the way to school and talked to my sibling about where to go and what we’d do if a shooting happened,” Faith said, “The last lock down we had everyone was making jokes and pretending they’re fine but they were really scared something was happening.” There were about 10 faculty members outside and more in the commons making sure the students stayed on campus.
“Compromises need to be made. We need better gun control and the semi automatic should not be easier to get than a license,” Faith said.