Loy Norrix Participates in National Walkout

Jasmine Alcocer

In solidarity with high schoolers across the nation, students at Loy Norrix High School participated in the National School Walkout on March 14th, 2018.
Junior Grace Muchmore expressed her feelings on this boiling topic, “In general I don’t want to get shot at school. I wanna show my support for kids that do get shot at school which seems to be very often and is very frightening.”
The students yesterday showed their respect for the 17 victims shot and killed on February 14th, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Loy Norrix senior Alina Offermen gave a heartfelt speech about the lives lost in the recent Florida shooting and expressed her fiery outrage on gun violence in schools.
Alina opened the memorial saying, “Our schools have left us unprepared.” As Alina gave her speech, students were witnessed crying and holding hands. Groups of students were huddled together in sadness and silence to honor the people who were lost on that fatal day in Florida.
“If we don’t stand up for our safety, who will?” Offermen asked at the end of her speech. Her words reflected the frustrations of many students who are tired of hearing about the mass deaths of their fellow high schoolers.
Alina called off the names of the students who died at Parkland and lit a candle for each. Students stood in silence as the names were called out and stayed quiet for a moment of remembrance.
Not even the freezing cold wind could prevent these students from mourning the loss of their peers and speaking their mind.