RLHS Students show up for School Safety

By: 
Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter

Photo by Eleanor Guerrero- Red Lodge High School students staged a walkout in support of school safety and to honor victims of gun violence around the country.

In a rousing call to action, several dozen high school students from Red Lodge High School (RLHS) staged a walkout to demonstrate for school safety and against gun violence on Wednesday morning, March 14. Students bared the frigid winds to hear the speakers who were brief and succinct. Jessie Broom, senior, said, “On behalf of Red Lodge High School, I want to thank everyone. It’s important to make sure our voice is heard. Even though it’s small, it can make a difference against gun violence. We’re scared and we shouldn’t have to be. We hope to join with others protesting and have a movement.” Barla Beaudoin, sophomore, said, “I have two things to say-I’m proud of all you guys and we want to honor all the students killed by gun violence. It’s important to be seen as why we are here-we are against gun violence.” Principal Rex Ternan said, “We as a school have to be careful to be neutral. I definitely support our students, their safety and that of the school. I recognize their right to exercise their First Amendment rights in a peaceful demonstration honoring those across the country who lost their lives.” A large group of adults (many baby boomers) gathered with signs in support of this activist Generation Y. Sage Okken, junior, said, “I want to thank all the adults. It means a lot to have the adults backing us!” One student held a sign supporting Second Amendment rights but recognized the students’ First Amendment rights as well. Red Lodge Superintendent John Fitzgerald said, “We recognize the student’s First Amendment rights and are following the attendance policy.” This means they had to get written permission to leave from their parents or take an unexcused absence.” Students signed in and out so that the school could be secure in knowing the whereabouts of the students that left for the demonstration.

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