WNC Students Voice Opinions On School Safety

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Last week, students across the country walked out of classrooms to acknowledge the 17 people shot to death at Parkland, Fla.’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High School. Several Western North Carolina counties saw similar student activism – including Jackson and Haywood – and although weather dampened the events for some students, it didn’t dampen their desire for change. The February 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglass was followed immediately by an outpouring of activism, as students from the Florida high school became the focus of national media attention. And they weren’t alone – on Mar. 14, one month to the day after the shooting, schools across the nation and across the state saw walkouts by students concerned about school safety. In Jackson County, weather shuttered schools and scuttled a planned Wednesday gathering on the football field, but according to Jackson County Schools’ Cora Fields, a student forum on school safety was still held at Smoky Mountain High School later that night

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