Mayo High School Joins Nationwide Walkout Against Gun Violence

February 21, 2018 07:41 PM

(ABC 6 News)--Hundreds of students at Mayo High School in Rochester walked out of class for 17 minutes to honor the 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.

Young voices across the nation from Florida to Kentucky, all the way to Minnesota are coming together to protest.


"We will sacrifice our 17 minutes of education in order to send a bigger message to those who have the control to vote," said Mayo High School senior, Maeve Cameron.

The first minute was a moment of silence for those 17 lives lost in the shooting.

"Some were angry, some were sad, some were scared and all of that just embraced in the silence was beautiful," smiled Cameron.

"I was pretty emotional seeing all those people out there. It's amazing how many people want to make a change," said Mayo High School freshman, Yezi Gugsa.

Anger was pouring out from students over gun violence in schools. Many saying they shouldn’t be scared to come to school to get an education.

The students are demanding change and joining in unity to support stronger gun laws.

"If the legislators won't make that change, then we will. Us as students, we will make the difference," said Gugsa.

"We want our voices to be heard because, in the eyes of the government, our voices aren't heard. We need adults to protect us," Cameron said.



Marissa Collins

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