Berks students show support for national School Walkout Day

'It was... something very meaningful'

SHILLINGTON, Pa. - Governor Mifflin students were some of the few in Berks County who walked out of their school for the nationwide School Walkout Day on Wednesday. For 17 minutes, they stood below the flag.

Other schools participated in the walkout by staying inside and doing activities. Students said the point of it all is the same.

"I wanted to go out there to show people that we are honoring the 17 victims [of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida], and we were silent in order to make our voices heard," said John Rouleau, a Governor Mifflin student.

For 17 minutes, they gathered below the flag pole to silently reflect on the 17 lives lost in the tragedy in Florida on February 14. The day marked one month since the killings.

"It was, it was empowering. It was different, something very meaningful, not only us, but people in Florida," said Governor Mifflin student Ritik Kabor.

Mifflin students opted for a simple stand. While the sentiments were similar, Exeter Township High School students had a different take.

"I knew it was a big problem, and I was sad," said Exeter student Davyahn Singleton.

Instead of walking outside, they stayed inside. It was a compromise between staff and students.

"We can make a move. We can make a change, as long as enough of us make an effort," said Exeter student Madison Schlott.

For about an hour, students moved from letter-writing stations to video-recording stations. Some left messages for state lawmakers.

"It means that they need to think about it more, and any government official or any government will pay attention and we'll have more voice," said Exeter student Kevin Narvaez.

Others left messages for Stoneman Douglas survivors and their families.

"I was hoping for them they had the assurance that there are people all over the country who want to help them," said Exeter student Cassidy Schronce.

Exeter students were encouraged to focus more on one another and learned how to pick up on signs of depression. Students who didn't want to participate were able to stay in class.

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