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Austin High School students walk out and walk up

Now that school walkouts are over, Austin High School students don't want their peers to lose momentum in making change.

Posted: Apr. 20, 2018 8:01 PM

AUSTIN, Minn.
Father of a Parkland shooting victim, Ryan Petty, encouraged students to walk up, instead of walking out, such as walking up to students who are alone at school.

On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, Austin High School student group Students for Change decided to do both.

They coordinated the high school's walk out, a part of a national movement, where students chanted, listened to student speakers, passed out bracelets that say "be the change you hope for," and had a moment of silence for victims of school shootings.

Students for Change has two goals now that the national walk outs are over. They want to encouraged their peers to "walk up" and make school a positive environment for everyone, as well as to get their classmates involved politically.

"As high schoolers, we're becoming closer to the age of voting and so it's very important for us to be informed correctly and know what we're talking about but then also be motivated to go to the polling booths," explains Students for Change member Brock Lawhead.

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