More than 100 Vigo County students take part in walkout, will receive two-hour detention

Thousands of students across the nation walked out of classrooms on Wednesday for the one month anniversary of the shooting at a Florida high school.

Posted: Mar 14, 2018 3:12 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2018 7:53 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- Thousands of students across the nation are taking a stance on safety and gun reform. They were also honoring the lives of students killed at a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Schools in the Wabash Valley also participated. Students walked out the doors of Terre Haute North Vigo High School.

It was all apart of what is called the National School Walkout. The walkout if a nationwide peaceful protest that allowed participants to walk out of school to raise awareness of gun violence and school safety.

"This is more of a political issue," said Sloan Pollom, THN Junior.

Sloan Pollom, Hannah Cervantes, and Ellie Hampton are the three students News 10 spoke to on Tuesday. After the school corporation denied a walk out the girls sent a letter asking school leaders to reconsider.

Wednesday, the girls stood with more than 100 students by their sides. They chose to peacefully protest instead of participating in an assembly that was offered by the school and held in the gymnasium.

Superintendent, Danny Tanoos says he came to a compromise with the girls. Tanoos says he respects the girl's rights. He just wanted to make sure they didn't cause a disruption to the assembly.

"We respect the rights of our students and their first amendment," Tanoos said. "We can't allow truancy and allow kids to walk out because today was a very important day. But, where do you stop that in the future?"

The school provided a designated area with safety measures. Students stood in silence for 17 minutes, 1 minute for each of the 17 victims killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.

Students held hand-made posters with names of the names of the victims.

Cervantes says it is all about spreading awareness and not letting age stop students from having their voices heard.

"I think the first step is getting the youth aware of politics and letting them know that they can vote at 17-years-old," Cervantes said.

Tanoos says students who walked out of class will receive a two-hour detention. But, he says he supports them speaking up.

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