Students plan walkout protests against gun violence

February 26, 2018 06:18 PM

COLONIE --  Asma Bawla is a senior at Shaker High School in Colonie. She's planning a school walkout as part of a nationwide movement March 14.

"I want everyone to feel safe coming into school.  With this fast communication all the way in Florida, we heard about it so fast and kids seeing that Snapchat video of kids that were taking it during the shooting, I think that was really traumatic," she said.

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She says she wants fellow students to feel empowered, and that many students were affected by the shooting massacre on February 14 in a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.

The North Colonie school district is still working out the details of the protest with students and supports them.

The Albany school district sent out a message from Superintendent Kaweeda Adams.

"Number one, we believe in student voice.  And we want our students to be a part of the process," said Adams.  "And when they have different opinions about things that directly impact them, we want to make sure that they are able to communicate and have their voices heard and do it in a way in which that they are, number one, taken seriously and respected for having their own individual voice, but also collectively what are the things they're saying to us as adults.  We want to make sure that our kids are safe in the manner in which they choose to express their voice, and keep them safe."

In Colonie, Bawla says the walkout is anti-gun violence, not about politics.

"I want it to be about the school coming together and saying we don't want this happening at our high school, any high school, or anywhere. There is no point in having this happen. We're losing lives for no reason."

Bawla says she's grateful Shaker has been so supportive.  

In Pittsfield, students at Taconic High School and Pittsfield High School are planning to walk out Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. 


Kumi Tucker

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