Today is National School Walkout Day. Students in schools across the country are planning to walk out of school at 10:00 am (in each time zone) in an effort to draw attention to gun violence reform.
Students at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida were planning to participate in National School Walkout Day, but they never got the opportunity. Instead, students were evacuated from the building after the 20th U.S. school shooting of 2018.
A student was wounded and a suspect is in custody after a shooting Friday morning at a high school in Ocala, Florida, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
The student was shot in the ankle, said Kevin Christian, Marion Public Schools spokesman. It’s the 20th US school shooting this year.
Authorities asked residents to avoid the area of Forest High School, which was surrounded by emergency vehicles and buses transporting students away from the scene…
…School walkouts were canceled districtwide in Marion County after the Forest High shooting, according to school board member Nancy Stacy.
Today the Washington Post published a database of school shootings in America that already needs to be updated:
The federal government does not track school shootings, so The Post pieced together its numbers from news articles, open-source databases, law enforcement reports and calls to schools and police departments.
Since March, The Post has taken a closer look at states with fewer local news sources and searched more deeply for less visible public suicides and accidents that led to injury.
The count now stands at more than 206,000 children at 211 schools.
When is it enough?
Today is also the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings.