Centennial Walks Out on March 14
By Eliza Hagstrom
At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the school day was coming to an end. At 2:19 p.m., Nikolas Cruz carried an AR-15 in a case, marching towards his high school. The terror lasted until 3:31 p.m., when Cruz was detained. Seventeen people were killed.
At Great Mills High School, in Lexington Park, Maryland, a shooter killed one student. The shooter was later killed by a resource officer. These shootings are not only happening in high schools, In Mount Pleasant, Michigan, two people were shot and killed at Central Michigan University. They were not students.
“It was important to me because I wanted people to know who these people were that lost their lives. People knew that seventeen staff and students died but people did not get to know who these people were. I didn't want these people to fall into history as victims of another school shooting. So people needed to know that these were people who had lives and contributed to a community. I didn't want this to be political, this needed to be focused solely on the victims’ lives” said sophomore Natalie Hagstrom.
Natalie lead the walk out on Wednesday March 14th for seventeen minutes: one minute for each person who was killed in the Parkland shooting.
She had a poster with information of each victim, attempting them to be humanized instead of numbers on a television screen. Each minute she said the name of one of these victims and a bit about who each of them were. Students stood outside at the start of third period for these seventeen minutes.