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At least 3 high schools in Rochester held walkout to protest gun violence

John Marshal, Century, and Mayo High Schools all held walk outs in honor of the lives lost in the recent Florida Shooting.

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 3:03 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2018 8:10 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Rochester school officials say students at John Marshall High School, Mayo High School, and Century High School participated in a walkout to protest gun violence on Wednesday.

The protests lasted 17 minutes to remember the 17 victims of last week’s Florida school shooting.

One student, Yezi Gugsa says, "If the adults in power aren't going to be the ones making a change, then we need to be the ones making the change."

And she wasn't alone in this feeling. She says over 100 of her classmates gathered outside at noon. They held a moment of silence for lost lives and shouted chants like "we are the future" and "we are students, we are victims, we are change".

Yezi says it was an emotional time stating, "It frightens me that one of my classmates or one of my siblings could be the next person that's gone."

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