ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) – As students across the country joined the Walk Out Day movement, hundreds at Westside High School in Anderson participated on the one month anniversary of the Parkland, FL shooting.
Students carried signs reading “Fear Has No Place In Our School” or “We Should Be In Class Not Out Here Asking For Protection” as they hoped for changed.
Roughly 300 students walked out of class at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning and braved the cold on the practice field to listen to student speakers share reasons why being part of this movement is important. The students asked for change in that no more school shootings occur and that they feel safe getting an education.
“There was a point in time where I was scared to even come to school so the fact that we can do something about this made me want to stand up for this and I want my friends to be safe, my parents to be safe and my future students to be safe,” said Cierra Moss, who is a senior at Westside.
At the end of the walk out, students released 17 balloons as a sign of solidarity for each victim in the Florida shooting. The last balloon was a super hero balloon for Jacob Hall, a victim of the Townville school shooting.