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Kaitlynn Koppenhaver

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On Wednesday March 14, 2018, exactly one month after the tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, Oak Hills High School stood in solidarity with the lives lost on that fateful day. OHHS decided to extend our typical five minute nutrition break to seventeen minutes as a more positive alternative to walking out. The walk out was scheduled for today, March 14, at ten o’clock this morning and many schools in Florida are participating.

National Walkout Day is also a subject of discussion at Columbine High School in Ohio, another victim of a nationally discussed school shooting in April of 1999. Seventeen balloons were released one at a time to honor the victims of the MS Douglas shooting.

This walkout is not only to remember the seventeen young lives lost, but also protesting gun violence after the various school shootings throughout the decades. The hashtag #NeverAgain has been used throughout various social media platforms, and many of the teen survivors of the Parkland shooting have been speaking out against gun violence and have also been a huge part in the idea of change.

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Tam High Vigil for Parkland School Shooting

While this may be a sensitive subject for some, OHHS sought an alternative and during the seventeen minute break students were able to sign large posters and write encouraging messages that will be mailed to MS Douglas High School and hung on the walls of their school. Students were also encouraged by ASB to meet seventeen new people and have a discussion with them.

“We wanted to send them out to the school in Florida to make sure they know that we are thinking of them and supporting them and that we won’t remain silent in their rough times,” said ASB class of 2020 treasurer Julia Nava explained.

OHHS school police and other school staff stood outside during the seventeen minute break to ensure student safety. Teachers and students gathered around the two tables in order to sign the posters, forming large crowds in the center of the campus. ASB students handed out permanent markers to students and many of the ASB members ensured students that it was simply to show support and that it had no political relations.

According to staff in the front office, after the seventeen minutes no students were seen leaving campus. In memory of the seventeen lives lost, Oak Hills High School stands with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

 

 

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14

Scott Beigel, 35

Martin Duque Anguiano, 14

Nicholas Dworet, 17

Aaron Feis, 37

Jaime Guttenberg, 14

Christopher Hixon, 49

Luke Hoyer, 15

Cara Loughran, 14

Gina Montalto, 14

Joaquin Oliver, 17

Alaina Petty, 14

Meadow Pollack, 18

Alexander Schachter, 14

Helena Ramsay, 17

Carmen Schentrup, 16

Peter Wang, 15

 

Here is a complete list of the wounded survivors.

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Kaitlynn Koppenhaver, Editor in Chief

Born on July 29, 2000, and her favorite color is yellow. She enjoys reading, listening to great tunes, and watching The Office. Kaitlynn loves writing, coffee, and listening to lots of different artists and genres. She is a very positive person who likes sunflowers and meeting new people. Her favorite quote is  “What the hinky heck.” by Allie Solomon.

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