Catholic students join Florida school walkouts for gun reform

Following last week’s school campus shooting in Parkland, Florida resulting in the deaths of seventeen people, high school students in Florida are now demanding positive action by the government on the issue of gun law reform. On Wednesday, February 21, walkouts were held at a dozen Florida high schools. Thousands of students left their classes to raise awareness of the need for tougher gun laws in the United States.

Students from St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida held a “solidarity” walkout at noon on Wednesday that included a prayer service for the people who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Alexa Hui, Student Body President, addressed her fellow students during the service stating: “I really, truly believe that this is our generation and that we can control what happens. And if we care about this, and we want to turn this into something, we can.” In a later interview with the National Catholic Reporter, Ms. Hui added: “As a Catholic school we have that extra responsibility almost to stand up for all life and protect all life.

Students from Majory Stoneman Douglas High School are currently organizing a national rally to push for Congressional action on gun control and mental health.  The “March for Our Lives” is scheduled in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018.

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