Local high school students teaming up for National Walk Out

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GRAND BLANC (WJRT) (2/27/2018) - High school students from five Genesee County school districts are working together to make plans for the National Walk Out this April.

Grand Blanc High School Junior Kayla Sharpe said so far, Davison, Flushing, Lake Fenton and Carmon-Ainsworth are in.

She noted administrators from Grand Blanc will not penalize students for participating and leaving their classrooms on April 20th.

The event was planned in response to the school shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school earlier this month. 17 people were killed.

"A lot of people think that more guards or arming teachers would be the solution; but really, we just need, even outside of school, just a huge political wave of gun reform, stricter laws, you know, making it more difficult to get a weapon of such high grade," Sharpe explained.

The groups of students from each district have created Twitter pages to keep their classmates informed and get them on board.

Sharpe said more and more students have been following the page every day.

The Walk Out is planned for April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.

Sharpe said she's hopeful this protest can and will make a difference.

"Students have always been at the forefront of every, you know, political movement, whether its walkouts, you know, sit ins, stuff like that," she said. "And so, to bring it here, it's just really interesting and I feel like so awesome to be a part of it."

Sharpe is hoping to hold the Grand Blanc High School walk out on the football field. Right now, they're looking to include a speaker and a memorial to the lives lost in school shootings over the past 19 years.

Follow their efforts at: @GBHSWalkOut on Twitter.

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