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Local students prepare for walkout on anniversary of Columbine

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DEERFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Friday marks 19 years since two students killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado.

In keeping with the spirit of the National School Walkout, some students in western Massachusetts will walk in recognition of the anniversary of Columbine.

While many students throughout western Massachusetts are on spring break this week,  some will participate in a protest against gun violence.

Students at Deerfield Academy told Western Mass News they are going to take part in the nation-wide walkout.

Dozens of students who survived the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, are in Colorado to meet with Columbine survivors and rally for gun control.
 
“We are walking out in protest of congressional inaction on gun control, gun safety policy and legislation and we are hosting a series of dialogue events to make our voices heard in the national conversation," said Abby Lupi. 
 
Lupi is a senior at Deerfield Academy. She will be joining her peers to walk out of class.

A spokesperson for the school told Western Mass News the administration is supportive of the students’ plan.
 
“It’s been great to see young people standing up for things they believe in and registering to vote, or just taking action even if they’re not old enough to vote," said Suzannah Mazur.
 
Mazur is also a senior at Deerfield Academy. She said she plans to host an event teaching students how to register to vote after the walk out. 

“And also teaching students how to call and email their representatives so that they can also make their voices heard on a national level," Mazur added. 
 
The walkout begins on Friday at schools across the country, and in Colorado, Parkland students will hold a vigil at the Columbine memorial.

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