April 19, 2018
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  • At Northeast, teens brandished signs with phrases like “We are not afraid” and “Fear has no place in our school,” and they also engaged in 17 minutes of silence for the 17 lives lost in the shooting.
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    At Northeast, teens brandished signs with phrases like “We are not afraid” and “Fear has no place in our school,” and they also engaged in 17 minutes of silence for the 17 lives lost in the shooting.
  • At Northeast, teens brandished signs with phrases like “We are not afraid” and “Fear has no place in our school,” and they also engaged in 17 minutes of silence for the 17 lives lost in the shooting.
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    At Northeast, teens brandished signs with phrases like “We are not afraid” and “Fear has no place in our school,” and they also engaged in 17 minutes of silence for the 17 lives lost in the shooting.

Walk This Way: Northeast Students Showed Unity On March 14

Zach Sparks
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March 20, 2018

While students across the country walked out of their schools on March 14 to honor the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, one month prior, Northeast students had a walk-in. At Northeast, teens brandished signs with phrases like “We are not afraid” and “Fear has no place in our school,” and they also engaged in 17 minutes of silence for the 17 lives lost in the shooting.

Seniors Noah Whiteman, Matt Doyle and Alison Clark, along with junior Rushil Savalia, planned the event after consulting Principal Jason Williams about ways the school could stand in solidary, also taking into account a February 26 social media post that used racial language and threatened to shoot students.

“We want to empower students to have a voice,” insisted Williams, who said a walkout might cause safety concerns if kids were all gathering in one outside location. “We want to make sure we lend credibility to our message. We want to refute those posts. A bunch of students spilling out of the building won’t accomplish that. We’re going to have signs and hold a moment of unity, and we think that is a more credible message.”

Clark estimated that 400 students participated in the walk-in.

“This event is meant not only to support the school who faced the shooting and campaign for bringing an end to school shootings all over the nation, but also address some of the threats that our own school received with a period of complete unity among our students and staff,” Clark said. “This event has no connection to political matters; it is simply a demonstration of our school's unity and togetherness.”


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