Students, community gather for downtown march on anniversary of Columbine


Around 250 Crescent Valley students left class Friday morning to gather in the school's auditorium, where organizers gave speeches about the need for stronger gun laws.

"These children have grown up, 19 years ago with Columbine, only knowing about school shootings", parent Nicollette Hickman said. A large number of state troopers were also on hand.

Today marks nineteen years since the mass school shooting in Columbine, Colorado and only nine weeks since the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Organizers say three survivors of the Parkland massacre plan to attend the Phoenix events on Friday. But for the second time in two months, thousands of students walked out of classrooms across the country, calling for action on gun control.

According to the Corpus Christi Independent School District, their high schools allowed students to participate on their own accord, gathering in designated areas for a short time.

"I'm glad to see students practicing what we teach them, that there is a way to disagree professionally, that there is a way to have your voice heard", L&N STEM Principal Becky Ashe said. They just want their classmates and future students to feel protected on school grounds.

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"It's scary to go to school and not know if you're going to be the next school or if someone you know is going to die", Neville High School Junior, Maren Sumner said. However, faculty and staff were willing to work with students if anyone did want to do something regarding the walkout or an alternative, but none of the students chose to do so.

It began with a petition that she started in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February.

Instead of staging a walkout, they held an assembly.

A group of students headed to Salem directly after the walkout on Friday.

"People are dying every day and this isn't OK - and this shouldn't be something we just grow up just being the usual", she added. "We are trying to give them an alternate viewpoint".