High School Students Participate In March To The Capitol

admin@qs3 | May 5, 2018

High School Students Participate In March To The Capitol

By Sumaiya Malik
Students of sixteen high schools across Austin participated in a school walk out and march to the State Capitol to urge lawmakers to consider tighter gun laws on National School Walkout Day.

This was planned on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting which left 19 students dead.

The students gathered at the downtown Wooldridge Park and walked to the Capitol carrying placards and holding signs against gun laws.

Pakistani American student Fiza Baqai of Westlake High, participated in the walk.

She said, “It’s important [to attend the walk] because even though it doesn’t bring immediate change in the gun laws, it keeps the spotlight on the issue of gun control and raises awareness about it.”

She proudly held a sign, “I won’t to be another statistic,” and participated in the event with her school friends.

State Representative Eddie Rodriguez and Congressman Lloyd Doggett, both Austin Democrats, spoke alongside the students and teachers on the south steps of the State Capitol Building between 1 and 3 p.m.

High schools included were Akins, Anderson, Ann Richards, Austin High, Austin Waldorf, Bowie, Griffin, Headwaters, Lake Travis, LASA/LBJ, McCallum, Reagan, St. Andrews, St. Stephens and Westlake

Students of all colors and ethnicities were visible in the march. Round Rock and Pflugerville also had their marches.