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Jeffco students say `enough,' plan walkout events

There are eight walkouts planned in Jeffco schools for March 14

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After the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Golden High School senior Emmy Adams said her heart was “shattered.”

“Enough is enough and it's time for people to hear our voices and understand that we're not OK with coming to school every day terrified for our lives,” Adams said. “So many students at my school and so many others are so scared to come to school right now.”

Adams and her friend Kaylee Coffman said they couldn't sit around and do nothing.

They wanted to organize a place where students could have their voices heard and learn more about how to spark change. That's why the two are organizing a walk out rally to be held at their school March 14. The event coincides with the #Enough National School Walkout to End Gun Violence organized by Women's March Youth.

“It's not a political thing,” Adams said. “This is a human thing. Kids being killed in schools is not politics, it's humanity.”

The organizers hope to create a unified Jeffco with their event, which will actually be held on school campus.

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“A lot of the controversy about walk outs is that you're walking away from education, walking away from community,” Adams said. “We wanted to walk toward something. So let's walk toward unity, let's walk toward communication. The walk out rally is bringing everyone together instead of pushing everyone out.”

The plan for the event is for students to be joined by community leaders in the North Area Athletic Complex at 6 p.m. for a rally with student speakers, student performers. Tables will be set up for students to register to vote, sign petitions and write letters to students at MSD. The event was originally planned for 10 a.m. on campus during school hours, but the organizers changed that to allow more participation from teachers, community members and students from other schools.

“By staying on school grounds I think we're showing that we're opposed to the actual issue of gun violence and not opposed to our education,” Coffman said. “But this isn't a gun control rally. This isn't us saying there is one solution. It's about taking some kind of action. We want something to be done. We want this to be a welcoming environment where people feel safe. That's the message we are trying to send.”

As of March 2 there are 1,965 walkouts registered nationwide with Women's March Youth Empower website for the March 14 #Enough event.

In Jefferson County, eight events have been registered.

Jeffco Schools Superintendent Jason Glass said the district is not taking a position of supporting the walk outs, but rather remaining neutral.

“We recognize that these will occur and we have an obligation to make sure they are orderly, timely and safe for kids,” Glass said.

The district is working with principals and student groups to talk about how to structure, organize and manage an orderly and safe event for students.

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