Altadena’s Aveson Charter School Joined Local Learning Institutions In Yesterday’s Student Walkout To Shed Light On Gun Violence

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From STAFF REPORTS

8:29 am | March 15, 2018


On Wednesday, Aveson Charter School students walked off campus in solidarity with schools in Pasadena and across the country in the hope of shedding light on gun violence. The #Enough movement also brought students out of their classrooms to honor the lives of the Parkland, Florida students and faculty who were killed one month ago.

Middle schoolers gathered in front of Aveson Global Leadership Academy chanting “hashtag Enough” and “What do we want? Gun control, when do we want it? Now.”

Approximately 150 high school students walked from AGLA to the triangle park at the corner of Lake and Altadena Drive. There, they held a rally with students speaking and paying respect to the 17 Parkland victims.

Students found the protests to be powerful and hoped their message would meet the ears of lawmakers.

“Leading my classmates through Altadena, rallying support from those driving and walking passed as we chanted and marched together, gave me confidence that the assembled group had a power we were not even aware of,” said Addy King, AGLA senior.

Quinn Nevell, an AGLA 7th grader, agreed. “It felt magical that we have all these students gathered to honor the students who were shot. It makes me angry and scared that there are guns hurting other students and teachers.”

Students from Pasadena and Altadena schools took part in the National School Walkout, which took place one month to the day after the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida in which 17 were killed. The walkouts protested congressional inaction on gun control and advocated for banning assault weapons, requiring universal background checks for gun sales, and passage of a restraining order law that would allow courts to take guns from individuals who demonstrate warning signs of violent behavior. Locally, Blair High School, Marshall Fundamental, McKinley School, and others walked out in protest.