Pittsburgh Students Join National School Walkout

Day of Action in Mt. Lebanon

Joe DeStio
April 20, 2018 - 2:07 pm

Joe DeStio

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MT. LEBANON - (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Students at Mt. Lebanon High School placed 284 backpacks on the football stadium steps to represent each of the students and staff members killed in school shootings in America. Several hundred students flooded the football field as part of a national student walkout marking the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shootings. These students weren’t even alive when Columbine took place but most see it as the start of events that have grown worse in the past two decades.

Student speakers told their classmates, “We have had enough. We are done with 19 years of inaction.” Other lead chants of, “We are students. We are loud. We are organized. We are proud.”

In fact this was an organized rally with the support of district administration. At the end of the school day students were to gather at Washington Elementary to hold a voter registration drive and write letters to lawmakers in favor of stronger gun laws.

As for the backpacks, they are to be donated to Pittsburgh’s Homeless Children Education Fund.