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‘Stand up for yourself and what you believe in’: Students speak out to remember Parkland shooting victims

Children don't want adults to forget what happened, as they seek improved school safety.
More than 200 Crews Lake Middle School students hold a 17-minute memorial for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
More than 200 Crews Lake Middle School students hold a 17-minute memorial for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published Mar. 14, 2018

"In the beginning it was supposed to be an unorganized walkout," Crews Lake Middle School eighth grader Amanda Brandon said. "As leaders, we chose to go to the principal to organize a planned memorial."

That way, she and others agreed, their message could carry meaning. The middle schoolers did not worry that their voices would be ignored.

"It can happen at a middle school or an elementary school. We don't think that kids should have to go to school and be scared," eighth grader Natalia Powers said. "People may say we're not old enough. But anyone can take a stand and have a voice."

Here’s a video highlighting the 17-minute activity the students put together, with the support of their principal and teachers.