Jennings County High School students Jacquelyn Blevins, Reagan Gatrell, Kyla Franklin and Madilyn Stark, in front from left to right, and others participate in Wednesday’s remembrance walk in honor of the 17 students killed in a Florida high school shooting rampage on Feb. 14.—Staff Photo by Sharon Hamilton
While many high school students across the nation participated in the walkout to support stricter gun laws on Wednesday, March 14, Jennings County High School students walked in remembrance and for school safety.
Student leaders who organized the morning program said gun control was not the issue for them. Instead, they wanted to remember the 17 students who were killed in a Florida high school shooting on Feb. 14 and to figure out a way to work together to make their school a safe place.
"I'm a huge supporter of the Second Amendment, but as a student I wanted to look at what we could do to make this school a safer place," explained Shelby Millspaugh, one of the organizers. "We didn't want this to be a political issue. We had a lot of people come together for safety."
Millspaugh added that whether one is a Democrat or a Republican, the walk helped to clear the air.
"It was cool that both sides of the spectrum came together," Millspaugh noted. "A group of high school students came together to speak up."
Millspaugh explained that she had heard other students speak about the walk-out and decided that she would speak with JCHS principal Tom Black about what she had heard. She wanted to see if he and Teresa Brown, Jennings County School Corp. superintendent, had any plans on how they were going to handle the National School Walkout Day demonstrations here.