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Tualatin High student will join National School Walkout on March 14.
Tualatin High student will join National School Walkout on March 14.
Tualatin Students join Wednesday's National School Walkout (Photo) - 03/13/18

On Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, Tualatin High School students will be participating in the National School Walkout against gun violence. They will use the hash tag #ENOUGH! in solidarity with the national event scheduled to take place around the country.

According to Women's March Youth Empower*, there are more than 2,500 school walkouts planned for March 14, including several outside the US.

The National School Walkout takes place on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

In events around the country, students will march, make signs, observe moments of silence, hand out orange ribbons to symbolize gun violence awareness and read poems and essays about the personal scars gun violence has left behind.

In Tualatin, students will leave their classes at 9:55 AM and meet on the TUHS turf field at 10 AM. The walkout is scheduled to last for 17 minutes -- a minute for each life lost in the violent tragedy at Parkland. During the 17 minutes on the field, students speakers will address the group in a call to action to prevent gun violence.

Bailey Langley, a student at Tualatin High is helping to organize the walkout.

"As students, we cannot sit on the sidelines hoping that lawmakers take action on gun reforms and preventing gun violence in our schools," said Langley. "We are demanding to be heard."

Along with thousands of walkouts scheduled for Wednesday, Langley said the message includes a call to "lawmakers for policy reforms, specifically regarding assault weapons, bump stocks, extended background checks, raising the age to purchase guns to 21, advocation for mental health, and student resources for mental health issues."

Hadley Carlberg a high school senior, is also helping to organize the student walkout.

On March 5, Carlberg and a fellow student from Tualatin High attended a bill signing in Salem at the State Capitol. Before a crowd of students and community representatives, Governor Kate Brown signed into law HB 4145, expanding the prohibition of gun ownership to people convicted of domestic violence against non-married intimate partners -- closing the so-called "boyfriend loophole.

Members of the community in the Tigard-Tualatin area have been organizing for action since the events in Florida. One such group is being led by Becky Chamseddine, a mother of three. Her group is We Demand Action Now **.

On February 19, she organized a vigil** *at Tualatin High School in over just 48 hours. More than 1,500 people turned out, many of them, students.

Building on the momentum of that night, Chamseddine has been meeting with community members, school groups, and local chapters of organizations such as Moms Demand Action - OR to put together a plan for action against gun violence. Her group uses the hash tag #mommabearisdone.

"I could not be more proud of these young people," Chamseddine said of the students' plan for the March 14 walkout.

"We want our children to learn that by getting involved, speaking out, and taking action, they can drive this country to change."

*Women's March Youth Empower link:
** We Demand Action Now:
***Feb. 19 Vigil at Tualatin High School -

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