Omaha Benson students organize walkout to protest gun violence

Students at Omaha Benson High School organized a walkout Thursday afternoon.The walkout was in protest of this week’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. It wasn’t how these students planned to spend their last few days of school this year, but they don’t feel as though they have a choice.”School shouldn’t be a hunting ground, it’s the place where we’re supposed to learn and become successful. When we fear for our lives we can’t do that,” sophomore Bunny Galindo told KETV NewsWatch 7.Students walked out of the school, located near 51st and Maple Streets, holding signs and chanting “Stop the violence!” Most of these students were in elementary school during the Sandy Hook shooting and in middle school during the massacre in Parkland.”Some of my earliest childhood memories being in a school are lockdown drills,” junior Robert Harris-Simpson told KETV NewsWatch 7.Students said this march is more important than any final exam.”If someone comes into the school and wants to hurt me, what am I going to use my final for? This takes priority,” Harris-Simpson told KETV NewsWatch 7.As high school students, they already feel the heavy burden of protecting the next generation.”I have to fear for my 8-year-old sister, who legit has asked me ‘hey am I going to get shot?’ That’s scary,” Galindo told KETV NewsWatch 7.They hope adults can learn from their anger and action, but right now they don’t feel like they’re being heard.”We wouldn’t be out here in the rain, in the cold, yelling and screaming for our lives. Our lives could be next,” junior Jaelyn Benzinger told KETV NewsWatch 7.Even during a week shrouded by rain and darkness, they hope change lies down the road.More coverage

Students at Omaha Benson High School organized a walkout Thursday afternoon.

The walkout was in protest of this week’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. It wasn’t how these students planned to spend their last few days of school this year, but they don’t feel as though they have a choice.

“School shouldn’t be a hunting ground, it’s the place where we’re supposed to learn and become successful. When we fear for our lives we can’t do that,” sophomore Bunny Galindo told KETV NewsWatch 7.

Students walked out of the school, located near 51st and Maple Streets, holding signs and chanting “Stop the violence!”

Most of these students were in elementary school during the Sandy Hook shooting and in middle school during the massacre in Parkland.

“Some of my earliest childhood memories being in a school are lockdown drills,” junior Robert Harris-Simpson told KETV NewsWatch 7.

Students said this march is more important than any final exam.

“If someone comes into the school and wants to hurt me, what am I going to use my final for? This takes priority,” Harris-Simpson told KETV NewsWatch 7.

As high school students, they already feel the heavy burden of protecting the next generation.

“I have to fear for my 8-year-old sister, who legit has asked me ‘hey am I going to get shot?’ That’s scary,” Galindo told KETV NewsWatch 7.

They hope adults can learn from their anger and action, but right now they don’t feel like they’re being heard.

“We wouldn’t be out here in the rain, in the cold, yelling and screaming for our lives. Our lives could be next,” junior Jaelyn Benzinger told KETV NewsWatch 7.

Even during a week shrouded by rain and darkness, they hope change lies down the road.

More coverage

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