On Columbine Anniversary, a Walkout, a Shooting

1 injured in Florida as students nationwide protest gun violence
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2018 11:20 AM CDT
Student activist David Hogg, left, speaks to a student as they walk out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Friday.   (AP Photo/Terry Spencer)
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(Newser) – A day already painful for gun control activists became even more so Friday when the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school massacre coincided with a shooting at a high school in Florida. One student at Ocala's Forest High School suffered a non-life-threatening injury; the suspected shooter, identified as a male who is not a student at the school, was in custody, the Ocala Star Banner reports. It's a scenario students across the country are already rallying against in coordinated walkouts Friday. More:

  • Origins: NPR reports Connecticut teenager Lane Murdock came up with the idea for the walkout upon learning of the deaths in Parkland, Fla. "I thought, originally, it would just be my school but, obviously, it's grown," the 16-year-old tells CNN. Students at more than 2,700 schools across the US were taking part, and it all grew out of this petition.
  • A test: The National School Walkout "will be a test for the staying power of this new wave of activism," per Vox. Student leaders vow they won't let fading headlines stop the movement. The AP has details from the day's walkouts in Atlanta, New York City, and elsewhere.

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