Gunshots just erupted at Florida highschool as students walked out to protest gun violence

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On the day that students across the country are putting down their pencils and walking out of school in order to protest gun violence in America and the refusal of our lobbyist-bought politicians to do anything about it, the need for their demonstration was once again made painfully clear.

One student has been injured in the ankle after a shooting at Florida’s Forest High School in Ocala. The suspect, who is also a student, has been taken into custody by the authorities. The students have been evacuated and other schools in the area placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Sadly, these kids will not get to walk out in protest of gun violence today.

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One boy told his father, Chris Oliver, that “the shooter was standing in a hallway and shot at a closed classroom door. The shooter then dropped an unspecified weapon, ran and tried to hide.”

While this doesn’t appear to have been a planned massacre, it’s still a deeply disturbing incident on the anniversary of the massacre at Columbine high school in 1999.

What’s even more disturbing is to realize that nearly twenty years later, our nation has not only utterly failed to take any substantial action to limit access to deadly weapons, with the repeal of the assault weapon ban in 2004, the gun violence epidemic has gotten much worse.

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Since that dreadful day in Colorado, over 200,000 Americans kids have experienced gun violence at school, a place where they are meant to be safe and secure.

Call your elected officials today and demand an end to our national nightmare.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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