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Douglas County students to participate in school walkout planned for March 14

Protests call for a 'safer education'


Some Douglas County students are planning to join schools across the nation in a walkout at 10 a.m. March 14.

The event, called “#Enough National School Walkout,” is in response to the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Florida that left 17 dead. Students are protesting for Congress to take action on gun violence.

“The walkout in its entirety will get people to question the why," said Macey Moyer, a senior at Mountain Vista High School. "Even if it doesn’t change their minds, it will get them to look deeper into the issue.”

Moyer's journalism class is expected to participate in the walkout, the 18-year-old said. Other students are awaiting approval from the school's principal.

Schools that are registered with the protest organization behind the movement, Women's March Youth Empower, include ThunderRidge, Rock Canyon, Douglas County, Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock Middle, Sagewood Middle, Sage Canyon Elementary and Valor Christian, a private high school in Highlands Ranch. The plan is to leave class for 17 minutes — one for each of the victims in Parkland, Florida.

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Emily Mastalerz, a freshman at Valor Christian, is organizing a walkout during lunch the following day, March 15, so students won't miss exams or chapel. She hopes at least 10 students join her outside of the school for 17 seconds of silence, followed by a speech she plans on giving. Mastalerz doesn't know much about the politics behind the issue, she said, but she doesn't think people under age 18 should have access to guns.

“I decided it was time for some of the students to step up and start doing something to get a safer education,” Mastalerz, 14, said. “Even though we are young and we are children, we still have the power to step up and do what we can, even if some of us are too young to vote.”

A list of all schools participating in the national walkout is available at www.womensmarch.com/enough.


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