On March 14, 2018, millions of students around the country walked out of their classes at 10 a.m. to protest gun violence and remember the lives of the seventeen killed in Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school just one month ago. PHS happened to be one of those schools with approximately 53 students participating in the walkout.
Students stood outside for seventeen minutes, one minute for each life lost in the shooting. Protesters shared concerns about gun violence and ended the protest with standing in a circle holding hands in silence to pay respect to victims of the MSD shooting.
“I went to pay my respects to the people from Parkland, but also because I believe we need change. So many people are dying because getting access to guns is so easy. People want to say we were divided but I’ve never felt more united with kids at our school until today,” said junior Atley Cook.
Story by Sara Kesterson
Photos by Noah Weiss