WEAC members and WEAC leaders joined with educators and community members throughout the state Friday to send the message that Enough is Enough when it comes to gun violence in schools. WEAC President Ron Martin and Secretary Treasurer Arlene Braden (top photo) donned “Enough” T-shirts and then headed to a rally at the State Capitol. WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen joined the Tomahawk Education Association and community members Friday morning during a school walk-in to support safe public schools (bottom photo). Similar activities were taking place Friday throughout the state and nation. Find out more about the Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools and comment on Facebook and on Instagram.
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MADISON, Wis – On Friday morning, dozens of teachers marched from East High School to the state capitol to continue the demand for stricter gun laws. Last month, hundreds of students made the same march, calling on Wisconsin lawmakers to pass gun reform legislation following the Parkland, Florida, shooting that killed 17 people.
Students from Greendale and Shorewood schools gathered Friday at the Milwaukee County Courthouse to advocate for gun control on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. Lena Abukhamireh, 17, said she helped organize the walkout through Greendale High School Students for Change, which was created following the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.
At schools across the country today, students are getting up from their desks and walking out when the clock strikes ten. They’re participating in the National School Walkout, part of the movement that has taken hold among students to call for action to end gun violence.
BELOIT – More than 50 students at Beloit Turner High School walked out of the school Friday to talk of the senselessness of school shootings in the nation and to remember victims of these tragedies. The students walked out on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings when two students killed 15 people at the Colorado school.
GREEN BAY – De Pere High School students marked the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School with a voter registration drive. Friday marked the second national student walkout and the third student-driven protest since a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb.
“The walkout was a pretty fluid situation. We had talks with people from both sides of the conversation. Because of that, we were working on the details of the walkout until we sent out the letter to the parents (on April 19),” said district administrator Patrick Olson.