Hundred of students walk out of class to call for action against gun violence

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SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- Students across the nation participated in a national day of action against gun violence Friday, which is the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

Students from several schools across Kentucky participated in the walkout including students at Scott County High School.

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Lead by chants of “we want change” hundreds of Scott County High School students walked out of class Friday morning to rally against gun violence.

“So I stand here in front of all of you advocating for stricter gun laws and safer schools so that I don’t have to worry if my sister is going to get home safe or if my friends are going to be able to say hi to their families again,” said Destinee Adkins, a student at Scott County High School and the organizer of the walkout.

Adkins is the student behind this march and says after seeing the students down in Parkland, Florida mobilize, she wanted to do the same.

“I mean I have strong political views already and so seeing them take initiative and start an entire movement inspired me and I found people that it also inspired and we just came together and just put everything we had into it,” said Adkins.

Adkins says while Scott County High is a smaller school, they still feel the affects of gun violence.

“We lost Morgan Penn last year, Trinity Gay. So I feel like it’s a big thing to our town specifically because we are so effected by it,” said Adkins

The hundreds of fellow students who joined her agree, saying they’re proud to be a part of such a movement.

“Because every, because now people today are going to be looking everywhere going like which schools came out? Which schools actually did something today? And we’re going to be one of those schools that did come out and they’re going to look at us and they’re going to see that SCHS does care about our students and who we are,” said Kathrine Beglinger, a student at Scott County High School.