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Quotables: Students make their message clear during national school walkout

| Saturday, March 17, 2018, 2:18 p.m.
Quaker Valley High School senior Franzi Nace writes in chalk the name of one of the victims who was killed during a shooting last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Students participated in a nationwide school walkout on March 14 to protest gun violence, show solidarity with survivors and call for bipartisan action to create a safer environment in schools. (Trib photo)
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Quaker Valley High School senior Franzi Nace writes in chalk the name of one of the victims who was killed during a shooting last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Students participated in a nationwide school walkout on March 14 to protest gun violence, show solidarity with survivors and call for bipartisan action to create a safer environment in schools. (Trib photo)

Students in schools throughout the region made a poignant statement last week about the toll of gun violence and the importance of school security by their participation in the nationwide initiative ENOUGH National School Walkout. As part of their demonstration, they paused to honor the 17 victims of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Although each demonstration differed, they embraced common themes of improving school safety, expanding access to mental health services and reducing gun violence. And obviously from the students' comments, their message was heartfelt and delivered with clarity and civility.

“We're just really upset with what is happening and passionate about how guns don't belong in schools.”

Taylor Donahue

Senior at Baldwin High School

“We're hopeful that this is something that can spark a conversation within our community at school.”

Bella Giunta

Junior at Gateway High School

“I was born after Columbine. School shootings have always been a part of my life. School shootings are just a reality. It's frustrating. We need to make sure our voices are heard.”

Kylie Zaffina

Senior at Kiski High School

“This isn't gun control. This is preventing things from going on in schools.”

Nick Secosky

Senior at Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School

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