Owensboro students join national school walkout

Students at several Owensboro high schools joined the national walkout. But they took different approaches getting their message across.

Some were vocal, others more subdued. But these walkouts at Owensboro High School and the Owensboro Innovation Academy are part of the same movement.

"We want to make a change, make it known that the students want to stand up," says Tucker Greer, a senior at Owensboro High School.

"It really shows that it's not just something that adults worry about," adds Allyson Kincaid, a junior at Owensboro Innovation Academy.

Outside Owensboro High School, hundreds of students lined frederica street for seventeen minutes. Greer says they wanted to stand up for those victims and stand up for change.

"You're in your school. You know you're safe. But you know that happened to another safe school.  So, you just look over your shoulder, and keep yourself safe. So, we decided since some people are standing up for us, we're going to stand up for them," Greer says.

Other schools took different routes. Students here at the Owensboro Innovation Academy created this sign here, posting positive messages, and other notes to make the school and their community more welcoming.

"We wanted to connect that idea and with people and kind of come up with different ways so they know there are people who love them, appreciate them, that they're not alone, that they don't have to feel unimportant," says Kincaid.

Students also remembered the 17 victims of last month's shooting in Florida, and encouraged each other to talk with those outside their own group of friends, to let them know they're not alone.

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(This story was originally published on March 14, 2018)

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