At ten this morning, hundreds of Ray High School students began a walkout to demand an end to gun violence on school campuses. They weren’t alone.
The nationwide event was held on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting that left 13 dead.
Students at schools throughout the Coastal Bend took part, including Ray High School, Moody High School, King High School, Carroll High School and others.
“We wanted to let people know that we really really deeply are like shocked by how like everything’s been going on and how we want to have safer schools,” said Ray High School student Isabel Ostos.
Some students at Ray said their concern is simple, fear for their safety.
“I’m scared that something’s going to happen here. I’m terrified,” said Stephanie Cisneros.
Participants told KRIS 6 News that taking part in this school walk-out helped them feel like they have a voice. They’re also working with administrators to make sure they don’t break any school rules.
“Knowing that we’re the first generation who’s ever had to go through stuff like this. It’s terrifying knowing that anything could happen in our school and the fact that we just need to have to do active shooter drills because anyone could do anything and we’re never going to be extremely 100 percent prepared,” said Ray student Baily Kasprzk.
CCISD has tightened security, but students say it’s not enough. After today’s walk-out, they’ll take the issue of school safety to lawmakers.