Texoma students walkout on gun violence

© Three Wichita Falls ISD schools and Iowa Park High School participate in National Walkout Day.
© Three Wichita Falls ISD schools and Iowa Park High School participate in National Walkout Day.
© Dozens of Texoma students walkout of school to protest gun violence.
© Dozens of Texoma students walkout of school to protest gun violence.

WICHITA COUNTY, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Students around Texoma joined their peers across the country by protesting gun violence through the National Walk Out Day Friday morning.

The protest was planned on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting where 12 students and one teacher were killed.

Students from three Wichita Falls ISD high schools Rider, Old High and Hirschi School and Iowa Park High School participated in the walkout.

"There have been so many school shootings and my generation itself has been born into this," Izzy Black,17, a junior at Iowa Park High said. "We know the elected officials aren't doing anything so it's time for the students who are adults and almost adults, who are going to go up and be the elected officials some day, to actually do something about it."

Shelby Turner, 15, organized the walkout at Rider High School using Facebook. She said she was inspired by the national movement.

"Teenagers that are affected by gun violence deserve the chance to speak and be heard.," Turner said.

Shelby said the impact gun violence left on her motivated her to demand change. Shelby's friend, Lauren Landavazo who was then 14, was shot and killed as she walked home from school with her friend Makayla Smith less than two years ago.

"I think they should've taken more precautions to make sure that wouldn't have happened," Shelby said.

Other students said the worst thing to do is stay silent and watch.

"It's to the point where our generation has become completely desensitized to mass shootings and that's not okay," Izzy said.

Ashley Thomas, WFISD Communications Officer, said in a statement "we completely support our students and this worthy cause. Our students are passionate about school and safety and we supported them in their efforts [Friday]."

These demonstrations came on the heels-of-pushes for stricter gun control following the deadly Valentine's Day shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

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