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By Nick Smirnoff

THS students show respect and solidarity with students across the nation in a 17 minute vigil of silence


Nick Smirnoff (NPPA)

Nearly 60 students walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning to stand silently for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the 17 slain students in the Florida high school shooting.

Tehachapi High School students feel the fear knowing that fellow high school students are being killed on campuses across the nation by heavily armed individuals. Today nearly 60 students walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m., to stand in silence for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the victims on campus at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2018. Some carried signs stating their concerns. Overheard was a student saying, "registering our protest today is about all we can do as minors, but we are all becoming the voters of tomorrow."

Local student supporter and community member Yvonne Dirnberger, carried a sign showing her feelings and held it up for the students to see as she stood outside the campus gate. Stated Yvonne, "What a travesty it is today. I never had to worry about gunfire on my high school campus, nor should any child in school today live in fear while on campus." Several students came over to thank Yvonne for her support before they quietly returned to their classrooms.

Some students said that additional protests and vigils are planned for later this month.


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