CAPA Students Join in National School Walkout

Several Thousand Local Students Also Join In

Joe DeStio
March 14, 2018 - 4:54 pm
CAPA Students at National Walkout

Joe DeStio

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Several thousand Pittsburgh area students participated in National School Walkout Thursday.

At the Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Perfoirming Arts (CAPA) more than 200 students in grades 9 through 12 walked out of school at 10 a.m. and formed a human chain around the school at Ninth Street and Ft Duquesne Boulevard. Their protest lasted for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the 17 people killed in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL one month ago.

Co-Organizer Carmel Ricketts, a ninth grader at CAPA, says it was important to make their voices heard.

"It's something that we're really passionate about. I just feel that we shouldn't be in school in fear of another shooting happening. I know a lot of my friends can relate. Especially since we go to school downtown."

As the students stood silently, many appeared emotional in the bitter cold. Some held signs reading, "Protect Kids Not Guns" and other slogans.

Co-Organizer Anastasia Jungle-Wagner says most of the demonstrators feel gun laws need to be strengthened. "The guns have changed so therefore our laws need to become more advanced."

When the 17 minutes were up, the students filed silently back into school. Several teachers were on-hand to keep things orderly but there was little need. Their message had been delivered.

Hear more in Joe DeStio's segment with the KDKA Radio Afternoon News.