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Area students join 'National School Walkout'

Scheduled on the anniversary of Columbine shooting
Posted at 12:07 PM, Apr 20, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - On the day that marks the 19th anniversary of one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, area students will join national demonstrations to advocate for safer schools.

Students will protest "the failure of politicians in taking action against gun violence" at Central High School Friday morning, according to Omaha Student's Union.

My idea of making schools safer would be gun control, said student Tera Maher, who plans to join the demonstration.

Advocates are urging participants to take 13 seconds of silence to honor the 13 killed at the high school in Littleton, Colorado.

Additionally, the union said its stance includes hiring more school counselors and therapists while fighting for "comprehensive gun reform" which also covers raising the age for gun purchases.

According to a flyer shared online, student organizers hope demonstrators will deliver petitions to Sen. Deb Fischer's office. Previously, the lawmaker opposed gun control proposals, saying in 2013 that related legislation "would have little or no effect on violent crime - the very problem we are seeking to address in the first place."

In the story above, local students share what does school safety look like and whether the national protests seen after the deadly high school shooting in South Florida are effective.