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Wednesday - March 14, 2018 12:45 am

Central students part of national walkout in tribute to 17 killed at Parkland school shooting Featured

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Tyra Hemans, 19, left, and Logan Locke, 17, right, students who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, wait to board buses in Parkland, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some GOP lawmakers said Monday they would consider. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Tyra Hemans, 19, left, and Logan Locke, 17, right, students who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, wait to board buses in Parkland, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some GOP lawmakers said Monday they would consider. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Willow Tolle wants to remind people that a school shooting can happen anywhere.

The Central High School senior has been through four serious lockdowns at her school, where she feared for her life.

That’s why her classmates are joining with students across the nation at 10 a.m. today in a national walkout in memory and in protest.

The walkout is a tribute to the 17 who died in the Parkland, Fla., shooting, while also call to action in the name of gun violence.

The walkout will take place for 17 minutes.

“Each minute is representative of (someone) who lost their life in the Parkland shooting, raising awareness for student safety and the safety of our public schools,” Tolle said.

Tolle, who is helping organize the demonstration, added that students will walk out of school, around the block and protest on Losey Blvd.

The La Crosse’s school district said the day will go on as planned and those who leave will be marked as unexcused.

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