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With their arms hooked at the elbow, juniors Madison Mayes and Trenton Kauzlarich scream out the chant, “We want change!” as sophomore James Long holds high a poster he made that reads, “Enough is enough.” In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, approximately half of Winnetonka’s student body banded together to raise their voices for improved gun control laws. As the end of second block drew near, students walked out of school as part of a nationwide movement called March For Our Lives. Students took to the football field to hear student-written poems and to remember the 17 lives lost in Florida. After the demonstration, students walked around the track protesting for change.

To me the walk-out was about showing that we will not be silenced and that we are tired of living in fear,” Long said. “Winnetonka isn’t going to be one of those schools that sits there and waits as more lives are taken in a school.”

Photo by Allison Schoonbeck.

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