Cody Students Walkout to Protest Gun Violence
Written by Andrew-Rossi on March 15, 2018
Hundreds of Cody students yesterday took part in a nationwide movement, walking out of their school buildings at 10 a.m. on a day that marked exactly one month since a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida.
Standing silently, students at Cody High School held pictures of the victims of the shooting, along with signs that protested gun violence in all schools.
The protest contrasted sharply with an issue that’s been hotly debated in the community – the option to arm teachers and staff as a defense measure in the event of an active shooter incident. A recent survey showed that an overwhelming majority of residents, including parents and teachers, support the proposed Policy.
But Senior Lucille Sax, who was one of the organizers of yesterday’s protest, told KULR-8’s Penny Preston that she is against Policy CKA.
Over 50 students participated in the protest at the high school, and parents reported that around 280 students walked out of Cody Middle School. And they were not alone in the state – schools in Cheyenne, Casper, Gillette, Rock Springs, Lander and Jackson also planned walkouts.
Sadly, the high school in Jackson held its walkout after a bomb threat delayed the opening of the town’s middle school; and entrances to all school buildings in Casper yesterday were locked as a precaution after police warned of a possible threat.