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Chico students prepare for national school walkout

Chico, Calif.--Following the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, several high schoolers have now come forward to make their voices heard calling for more gun control. One Chico High student hopes to bring awareness to the issue here in Chico.

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 10:09 PM

Chico, Calif.--Following the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, several high schoolers have now come forward to make their voices heard calling for more gun control. One Chico High student hopes to bring awareness to the issue here in Chico.

15-year-old Lucinda Law is a sophomore at Chico High School and is about the same age as some of those killed in the Parkland shooting and said it's because their lives were cut so short, that she wants to make her voice heard.

Law said it was hard for her to process what happened in Parkland, but she wants to make sure she takes action with the anger and sadness she felt.

"I thought that just because we're on the other side of the country doesn't mean we can't be involved somehow and make a difference," she said.

That's why she and some of her peers on Wednesday night asked the Chico Unified School District board to approve a mandate to take part in the #enough National School Walk Out on March 14th.

"We're all in the same boat, same direction, we're all supposed to be going to college. We're all supposed to have our new lives and future and they're all stopped so we have to do something," she said.

The national school walk-out will take place for 17-minutes at 10 a.m. nationwide across every time zone. Each minute for the 17-victims of the Parkland school shooting.

Students plan to walk out and demand congress pass legislation to keep students safe from gun violence at school, streets and places of worship.

"While condolences are accepted, America does not need thoughts and prayers, we need a change. My life, along with every other student and staff member of American school depends on one," said Megan Maynard, a senior at Pleasant Valley High School.

The school board couldn't approve the mandate since it wasn't an agenda item, but they noted how they're concerned about the timing of this protest with exams coming up.

But one woman who spoke tonight said schedules should be shifted to support them.

"Unfortunately gun violence we face, we can't time when that happens, but what we can do is support our young people who are concerned about safety at school," said Suzie Norris.

While the mandate didn't pass Wednesday night, Law wants Parkland students to know "we're with you, we're going to stand with you until the end, until some real change happens."

The proposed mandate will return on the board's agenda on March 6th, and Law said come March 14th, she and her peers will be making their voices heard.

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