Students at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan walked out of class Thursday in support of victims of this week’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Oxford High School suffered a mass shooting in November 2021 that left four students dead and several others injured.
According to that Detroit FreePressMore than 100 students took part in Thursday’s demonstration, which took place on a soccer field. The gathered students formed a letter “U” in support of the students in Uvalde.
Ethan Crumbley, who was a 15-year-old high school student at the time of the incident, has been charged in connection with the November Oxford shooting and the murders of four students: Hana St. Juliana, 14, Tate Myre, 16, and Madisyn Baldwin , 17, and Justin Shilling, 17.
On Tuesday, 19 students and two teachers were killed in a mass shooting at Robb Primary School in Uvalde. Texas officials identified the suspect in the shooting as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.
“There are families who are grieving right now, and the state of Texas is grieving with them for the reality of these parents not being able to pick up their children,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said during a news conference on Tuesday.
In an email to news week On Thursday, a spokesman for Oxford Community Schools said the district was “made aware of the national organization Students Demand Action, which was planning a student walkthrough today in response to the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting.”
“As a community, our hearts are with Uvalde and we understand why some of our students have chosen to participate in the national exodus. Oxford Community Schools worked in partnership with our students, staff and local law enforcement and our district security staff. to ensure the safety of our students attending this peaceful event,” said Danielle Stublensky, Schools Public Affairs Coordinator.
“We encourage our students to be active, engaged citizens who are aware of different viewpoints on current events. We also encourage students to participate respectfully and peacefully in our democratic process, and we encourage them to respect the opinions and viewpoints of others, even when expressing their own,” Stublensky said.
The Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit founded on December 14, 2012 by family members of victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, also spoke out this week in the wake of the Uvalde shooting.
“Children should be safe at school. – Columbine – Sandy Hook – Santa Fe – Parkland – Oxford – #Uvalde We must translate our heartbreak and devastation into action. #EndGunViolence #ProtectOurKids,” the organization said specified on twitter.
The US Congress has not passed a gun control law since the Sandy Hook shooting.
After Tuesday’s shooting, President Joe Biden said, “It’s time to put this pain into action.”
“I was hoping when I became president that I wouldn’t have to do that again. Another massacre,” Biden said. “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen?”
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