Fayetteville Students Leave Class to Protest Gun Violence on Columbine Anniversary


Friday marks a dark day in U.S history. It’s now been 19 years since a pair of teens in Colorado murdered 13 of their classmates and teachers, before taking their own lives. 

The 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School was, at the time, the worst school shooting in U.S. history.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Two decades later though, students at schools across the country live with the reality of mass shootings and having to be prepared to take action to avoid a gunman.

For the second time in recent months, thousands of students nationwide held walkouts to protest what they say is a lack of action by lawmakers to reduce gun violence. 

A handful of students in Fayetteville left their classes today to march.  

“We’re tired of being scared all the time”, said Arthur Matlock, a junior at Fayetteville High School)

Janet Grage who lives in Fayetteville commented on the children saying, “They can really articulate their demands, so it’s amazing to hear them speak.”

The latest school shooting happened Friday morning at a high school in northern Florida. 
One student was shot in the ankle and survived. 

Demonstrators in northwest Arkansas said they were sad, but not surprised, to learn of the news.

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