Students at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo were part of a nationwide demonstration for school safety Wednesday.
The Dutch Fork student council, working with school administrators, organized Project 17 in honor of the 17 people killed in a deadly shooting in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
“You could take time from 10:00 to 10:17 to contact your elected officials,” Student Body Vice President Emily O’Shields said. “That could be through email, over a text, a phone call or even over Twitter. We also did have a walkout. We had about 500 students participate in that with some speeches, some chanting. It was amazing to see.”
Although walkout demonstrations were organized nationwide, officials at Lexington-Richland County School District Five encouraged students to find other ways to demonstrate, citing safety concerns. At Dutch Fork, students gathered at the common area near the cafeteria where they chanted “Stop the violence save our kids!” [Read more…]