United in Purpose: Some Minn. Students Walk Out Wednesday, Others Stay In

March 14, 2018 10:57 AM

On Wednesday, students across the country, including in Minnesota, plan to walk out of school for 17 minutes in support of stricter gun laws.

The walkout comes in response to the deadly shooting that killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last month.


RELATED: Student walkouts planned across US to protest gun violence

Students at Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul have spent the last several days planning a rally in lieu of a walkout.

The seniors will host a rally at their school Wednesday, which marks one month since the shooting at Parkland's Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School.

RELATED: Students to Put Pencils Down, Walk Out in Nationwide Gun Protests

"These are things that need to be talked about," said senior Caleem Williams. "Because if you don't talk about it, nothing will ever change." 

At 10 a.m., as many other students across the country are walking out of class, students at Washington Technology Magnet will lead their school in a discussion.

Principal Mike McCollor says he's proud of his 2,100 students, and pleased they will remain inside to use the time to become more informed.

"Here's a perfect opportunity to allow students that student voice and choice," McCollor said. "But by also having adults providing some of the direction to make it more effective."


Jessica Miles

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