NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Students at Luzerne County Community College are demanding safer schools and they hope their message spreads beyond the walls on this gymnasium.
One month after the school massacre in Florida, the students pushed their textbooks aside for 17 minutes to honor the 17 people who were killed. They joined hundreds of other schools and colleges that have organized similar protests today – in a national school walkout. As school shootings appear to happen more frequently, students say enough is enough.
“I’d like to see the students in high school go to school and not worry about someone coming in. I’d like to see the security guards be properly trained,” said Doug White, LCCC Student Government president.
Not everyone here believes stricter gun laws are the answer. Some students are also calling on schools to invest in more counselors and nurses who could spot red flags in those who could turn violent. The other message here though is that protests cannot always simply be the reaction to every tragedy. That’s why student government leaders used this opportunity to encourage others to register to vote.
“The biggest thing that needs to change is that these young kids in high school, once they turn 18, they need to start voting. That’s the biggest issue. At that age, they dont vote,” said White.
LCCC freshman and Crestwood High School senior Harry Haydt was not expecting to register, but he’s glad he had the opportunity.
“There are so many important causes we should be voting on, and if you don’t vote, you dont have a voice,” said Haydt.