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March 2, 2018

On Tuesday, February 27 at 12:15, I gathered my belongings and proudly walked out of my 5th period class. I was joined by two friends at the flagpole, and we drove to Old Town to protest the recent violence in schools.

Photo Credit: Olivia Doro

When we arrived, we were greeted by hundreds of like-minded people who were demanding change. My friends and I proudly held up our signs and chanted along with the crowd. It was really powerful to see all of the students in Poudre School District who believe that no one should fear their lives while at school. The fact this topic is up for debate is ridiculous, no one should worry about their lives while trying to learn. Something needs to change.

As we all know, this problem has been localized within our community. Fossil Ridge High School has received several threats this year alone. Even though the threats were discredited, even the possibility of  a school shooting brings tears to my eyes. I cannot picture hearing the sounds of guns firing, people screaming, and hoping that all of my friends are okay, especially in school.

The main reason I walked out was for my younger brother. I should not spend my day worrying about his safety while I am trying to learn. There would be absolutely nothing I could do if something were to happen at his school. There is no way for me to protect him. This thought has haunted me for weeks now.

I cannot imagine the emotional distress of the people who have experienced such tragedies. My heart hurts for those who have been affected by any school shooting. I hope that the family members and friends of the students, teachers and staff of those who lost their lives in a shooting find peace in their lives again. If you want to help those affected by the recent shooting in Florida, please click here.

I am now talking directly to the politicians and adults who sit idly by: the teenagers you have been brushing off so easily will be able to vote soon.”

— Madalynn Lewis

I am now talking directly to the politicians and adults who stand idly by: the teenagers you have been brushing off so easily will be able to vote soon. I hope to leave you with this thought: if a person hits someone else with a stick, any other reasonable person would take away the stick. Why is this any different with weapons that are meant for harm?

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