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Dunmore students hold walkout for shooting victims

Hundreds left class

DUNMORE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Hundreds of students from Dunmore High School left class Wednesday morning to stand in solidarity with the victims of a shooting shooting one month ago in Florida.

Some of the student protests nationwide took place with the support of school administrators but others did not..

Extra police were also on hand in many districts to make sure everything went smoothly.

Many school districts in the eastern part of the region had school delays Wednesday because of snow.

While many students in Dunmore had just arrived at school that didn't stop them from leaving class almost immediately to walk out at the time they originally planned.

As the students left class, many say they had safety and security on their mind.

"We should be worried about going to college not if a person with a gun is going to come and shoot us," Dunmore High School senior Londyn Occhipinti said.

Exactly one month after the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, these students have a message.

"If we don't speak out now nothing is ever going to happen," Dunmore High School junior Madison Eagen said.

For 17 minutes, hundreds of Dunmore students stood outside in the cold in silence.

That is one minute for each victim.

"They can't speak for themselves because they are gone so we should sit in silence and respect that!" Dunmore High School junior Lily Conboy said.

While many held their normal books from class, a few students also made signs.

One said "students don't belong in bodybags."

"You don't think these things could happen in Dunmore or Scranton but no one thought that in Parkland or Sandy Hook either!" Dunmore High School sophomore Katherine Hopkins said.

Many students called the prolonged silence deafening saying it was more powerful than anything else they could have done.

"When people were coming out I was emotional because it was just people I didn't expect," Dunmore High School junior Emily Stedina said.

"I don't know if I expected it to be as emotional as it was," Dunmore High School junior Jenna Furey said. "I think everyone really connected!"

Through silence, many of the students say they felt comfort in each others presence.

"People think it's about politics but it is not!" Dunmore High School sophomore Mia Chiaro said. "It brings everybody together because it's about school safety and feeling safe together."

In addition to the actual walkout in Dunmore Wednesday morning, several students say they also gave speeches to their peers inside the building.

 


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