Hundreds of JCPS students participate in school walkouts

Hundreds of JCPS students participate in school walkouts
Hundreds of Jefferson County Public School students participated in school walkouts to protest for stricter gun legislation and better safety in schools.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Several schools in Jefferson County participated in a nationwide walkout. Around half of the student body walked out of a JCPS High School, demonstrating a stance against gun violence and remembering those killed in recent school shootings.

The walkout happened one month after 17 students were killed in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and seven weeks after two students were killed in a school shooting in Marshall County, Kentucky.

"This was in our own state and not too far from us," Fons Cervera said.

Cervera, a senior at DuPont Manual, helped organize the walkout at his school. Some students held posters of those killed in school shooting, like Carmen Schedntrup, Helena Ramsay and Alyssa Alhadeff.

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"We realized how similar these students are to us," Cervera said. "Sure everyone thinks this can't happen to me until it happens to you. This is something everyone needs to remember."

Around 800 Manual students stood outside for about a half hour. The formal demonstration was 17 minutes of silence while Cevera called out the names of each victim from Parkland, Florida.

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