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Walk Out for school safety

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On Feb. 14, tragedy struck when a shooting occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A former student killed 17 people, ranging in age from 14-49,and wounded numerous others.

People are taking this shooting as a wake up call and are trying to make a difference. On March 14, local schools, including those in Charter Oak Unified School District, have chosen to walk out of class for seven minutes to honor the 17 people that were killed in the shooting. COHS has decided to extend break to 17 minutes since the 10:00 walk-out will start during break.

Olivia Oracion, sophomore, said, “I was going to walk out regardless if they extended break because I think that it’s a great way to stand up for what I believe in.”

Extending the break gives students the walk out experience without having them leave any of their classes. Having students walk out is a non-violent way for them to have a voice and try to make a change. Some teenagers may think that they do not have a voice, but this CO walk out could give us an opportunity to have one.

Francesca Perez, sophomore, said, “I like the idea of the walk out because it represents us as a school coming together to try and stop these shootings from happening again.” Hopefully, students will take the extended break to make to statement to the community and our elected officials.

Brianna Gadut, sophomore, said, “What happened at the school in Florida should never happen again, which is why I think the walk out is a great idea.”

Walking out is a good start to make our voices heard; however, there are other actions that could be taken to have a greater impact. For example, it would be helpful to write to your state representatives and tell them your thoughts. Or send them a picture of the walk-out on Wednesday.

The US representative of this area is Grace Napolitano. She can be reached at her office number (626) 350-0150; through her website at, and at @GraceNapolitano.

The US senators are Dianne Feinstein, who can be reached at  (202) 224-3841; https//; @SenFeinstein; and Kamala Harris, who can be reached at (202) 224-3553; https//

The state senator is Ed Hernandez, who can be reached at (916) 651-4022;

The state represenative for this area is Blanca Rubio, who receives email at

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