Colorado Springs-area students plan March 14 walkouts in protest of school gun violence

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Students at several schools in the Colorado Springs area are planning walkouts in protest of school gun violence.

It's all part of a national school walkout protesting gun violence, which is being organized for Wednesday at 10 a.m. local time.

The walkout marks the one-month anniversary of the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The walkout will last for 17 minutes, honoring each life lost during the school shooting.

The #ENOUGH National School Walkout was started by Women's March Youth EMPOWER, whose website says more than 2,800 school walkouts are planned nationwide.

Students at several school districts in the Pikes Peak region will be participating in the walkout, including Cheyenne Mountain School District 12.

According to Madison Tittle, the Student Organizer for the walkout at Cheyenne Mountain High School, it's important to take a stand against gun violence.

"I'm just doing one small thing, like what could that possibly do, but then I also get people coming up to me and being like, thank you for giving us a voice to stand up and thank you for organizing such an awesome thing," said Madison Tittle, Student Organizer for the walkout at CMHS.

Madison's mom, also spoke to FOX21, saying she is 100% behind her daughter and the student movement.

"It's terrifying that this is something they have to deal with and this is the norm for them, so I think it's incredibly important," said Tara Loo, parent of Madison Tittle.

While some students will be walking out, others are holding events inside their schools to show solidarity.

Fountain-Fort Carson High School said their student leaders are holding an event in their auditorium, talking to fellow students about safety and respect.

"It's an opportunity for students to have a voice; for students to take a leadership role, and really, to put a platform out there for students to be in charge of the conversation," said Patrick Krumholz, Principal at Fountain-Fort Carson High School.

Students at several other school districts in the Pikes Peak region will be participating in the walkout, including:

  • Manitou Springs School District 14
  • Colorado Springs School District 11
  • Harrison School District 2
  • Woodland Park School District RE-2

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