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Local students, officials prep for gun violence protest
The Daily Progress Monday, March 12, 2018 at 10 p.m.

One month after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, activists and students say a Wednesday protest will keep national attention on the issue.

The first of two walkouts to protest gun violence is planned for schools and universities across the country, sparked by calls for activism from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, on the one-month anniversary of the shooting that killed 17 people, participating students across the country will walk out of their schools and observe 17 minutes of silence.

“Every student deserves to feel safe in their school,” said Camellia Pastore, a senior at Albemarle High School and a student organizer. “What it comes down to is we really don’t feel safe in school.”

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