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Omaha Central students walkout in support of gun control

Posted at 5:14 PM, Apr 20, 2018

Student protesters at Omaha Central spoke with one voice to Nebraska lawmakers on Friday, they are telling them to vote for gun control legislation or risk getting voted out of office.

"Seeing that the students of Nebraska care enough, I think hopefully that will strike something in their hearts and they'll show enough compassion for the students so we don't have to live in fear in our schools," says junior Sabina Eastman.

Organizers say they are asking for specific things. They want the purchasing age for assault weapons to to go from 18 to 21 and they do not want teachers carrying guns in school. 

They think they can get what they want after being inspired by the survivors of the Parkland shooting.

"They have shown us that although we're students, although we may not be voting age, we still have a voice, we still matter, we're still constituents," says senior Nick Koehler

Administrators at Central say that the protest was incredibly orderly and that they did not try and stop it from happening.

"If they want to protest and leave school, they can do it, our goal is to make sure they're safe but also work with them on things such as clarity of message," Principal Ed Bennett.

That gun-control message was then delivered to Senator Deb Fischer’s Omaha office after the walkout by around 50 students. 

"This showed that we just didn't ditch class, this shows that we went and actually made change afterwards."