Local students plan to join nationwide walkout

HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – Students at Hershey High School planned to join millions of others across the country demanding a nationwide change in gun control.

Wednesday morning’s walkout will last 17 minutes to remember 17 people killed one month ago in the Valentine’s Day attack at a Florida high school.

Organizers urge students from elementary schools to universities to participate, as well as parents, teachers and other employees.

At Hershey, students planned to walk through the hallways linked arm in arm.

Every school in the Midstate has their own plan. Some schools are helping students coordinate, other programs are letting the students organize and lead. Some schools are prohibiting the event, saying students who participate will be punished.

ABC27 caught up with students from Carlisle High School who are participating.

“It’s a time to remember the victims of Parkland and have a moment of silence for them. [It’s a time] to have student speakers talk about what we feel passionate about which is sensible gun control,” said Madeline Starling, a Carlisle senior.

“It’s been a big fear for all of us since Sandy Hook,” Carlisle junior Ava Wendelken said. “We’ve attended school and been afraid that something might happen.”


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